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But the Hart IV reforms did not substantially degrade anything.

You were the one who appended the "IV." The Hartz wage suppression programme, taken as a whole, certainly did degrade the income security of the unemployed.

Before Hatz IV there were 2 completely parallel systems of welfare (unemployment benefits and classical welfare ("Sozialhilfe")). The Hartz reforms unified the systems in an attempt to make them more efficient.

The Hartz degradation packages also introduced bullshit measures like excluding the unemployed from benefits when they refused to take shit jobs at shit wages, and reducing their stipend when they failed to find jobs.

OTOH, maybe you stop whining about the efficient Germans and start getting a little more efficient yourselves.

Germany hourly productivity is flat over the last ten years. Every single bit of "competitiveness," so-called, has come from falling wages.

As noted elsewhere, that is a fundamentally unsound policy.

- Jake

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by JakeS (JangoSierra 'at' gmail 'dot' com) on Tue Feb 14th, 2012 at 05:13:04 PM EST
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