TITLE

WOMEN EMPLOYMENT IN LATVIA: THE EFFECT OF FLEXICURITY PRINCIPLES INTEGRATED IN ECONOMIC POLICY

AUTHOR(S)
Vaivade, Agnese; Brēķis, Edgars
PUB. DATE
April 2015
SOURCE
Economic Science for Rural Development Conference Proceedings;Apr2015, Issue 39, p235
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
During the global economic crisis, the employment rates decreased, thus, newly implemented labour market policies became more important. Flexicurity is a new concept for labour market improvements in the European Union by promoting flexibility combined with employment security. One approach to enhance the flexicurity is through part-time and fixedterm employment expansion. The aim of the paper is to analyse women employment to argue for flexicurity in the labour market in Latvia. The descriptive-analytical study of data of Latvian Labour Force Survey (2007 to 2013) is given. During the economic crisis in the years 2009 to 2010, part-time and fixed-term employment rates increased to historically highest levels in Latvia. As it evident, in the part-time and fixed-term employment mostly women with primary education or lower and general secondary education are involved. Together with fact that women in part-time or fixed-term work receive the income corresponding to lowest income group, it is possible to argue that increase in part-time and fixed-term employment has not been simultaneous with the increase in employee security. Flexicurity through flexibility has increased not because a focused labour market policy has been directed but because of the involuntary adjustments in the labour market during the global economic crisis and period of recovery.
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102910782

 

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