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Klara Zwickl, Franziska Disslbacher, Sigrid Stagl (WU Wien), Work-sharing for a Sustainable Economy. WWWforEurope Working Paper No. 111

WWWforEurope: Welfare, Wealth and Work for Europe, January 2016, 29 pages, http://www.foreurope.eu
Achieving low unemployment in an environment of weak growth is a major policy challenge; a more egalitarian distribution of hours worked could be the key to solving it. Whether work-sharing actually increases employment, however, has been debated controversially. In this article we present stylised facts on the distribution of hours worked and discuss the role of work-sharing for a sustainable economy. Building on recent developments in labour market theory we review the determinants of working long hours and its effect on well-being. Finally, we survey work-sharing reforms in the past. While there seems to be a consensus that worksharing in the Great Depression in the USA and in the Great Recession in Europe was successful in reducing employment losses, perceptions of the work-sharing reforms implemented between the 1980ies and early 2000ies are more ambivalent. However, even the most critical evaluations of these reforms provide no credible evidence of negative employment effects; instead, the overall success of the policy seems to depend on the economic and institutional setting, as well as the specific details of its implementation.
 
Study by: Project team WWWforEurope
Commissioned by: European Commission
Supported by: Österreichische Forschungsförderungsgesellschaft mbH – Austrian Agency for International Cooperation in Education and Research – OeAD-GmbH

Claudia Kettner, Angela Köppl (WIFO), Sigrid Stagl (WU Wien), Towards an Operational Measurement of Socio-ecological Performance. WWWforEurope Working Paper No. 52

WWWforEurope: Welfare, Wealth and Work for Europe, February 2014, 50 pages, http://www.foreurope.eu
Questioning GDP as dominant indicator for economic performance has become commonplace. For economists economic policy always aims for a broader array of goals (like income, employment, price stability, trade balance) alongside income, with income being the priority objective. The Stiglitz-Sen-Fitoussi Commission argued for extending and adapting key variables of macroeconomic analysis. International organisations such as the EC, OECD, Eurostat and UNO have proposed extended arrays of macroeconomic indicators (see "Beyond GDP", "Compendium of Wellbeing Indicators", "GDP and Beyond", "Green Economy", "Green Growth", "Measuring Progress of Societies"). Despite these high profile efforts, few wellbeing and environmental variables are in use in macroeconomic models. The reasons for the low uptake of socio-ecological indicators in macroeconomic models range from path dependencies in modelling, technical limitations, indicator lists being long and unworkable, choices of indicators appearing ad hoc and poor data availability. In this paper we review key approaches and identify a limited list of candidate variables and – as much as possible – offer data sources.
 
Supported by: Österreichische Forschungsförderungsgesellschaft mbH – Austrian Agency for International Cooperation in Education and Research – OeAD-GmbH
Commissioned by: European Commission
Study by: Project team WWWforEurope
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Ardjan Gazheli, Miklós Antal (UAB), Ben Drake, Tim Jackson (University of Surrey), Sigrid Stagl (WU Wien), Jeroen C.J.M. van den Bergh (UAB), Manuel Wäckerle (WU Wien), Policy Responses by Different Agents/Stakeholders in a Transition: Integrating the Multi-level Perspective and Behavioural Economics. WWWforEurope Working Paper No. 48

WWWforEurope: Welfare, Wealth and Work for Europe, December 2013, 28 pages, http://www.foreurope.eu
This short paper considers all possible stakeholders in different stages of a sustainability transition and matches their behavioural features and diversity to policies. This will involve an assessment of potential or expected responses of stakeholders to a range of policy instruments. Following the Multi-Level Perspective framework to conceptualise sustainability transitions, we classify the various transition policies at niche, regime and landscape levels. Next, we offer a complementary classification of policies based on a distinction between social preferences and bounded rationality. The paper identifies many barriers to making a sustainability transition and how to respond to them. In addition, lessons are drawn from the case of Denmark. The detailed framework and associated literature for the analysis was discussed in Milestone 31 of the WWWforEurope project.
 
Commissioned by: European Commission
Study by: Project team WWWforEurope

Claudia Kettner, Angela Köppl (WIFO), Sigrid Stagl (WU Wien), List of Well-being Indicators. WWWforEurope Working Paper No. 2

WWWforEurope: Welfare, Wealth and Work for Europe, December 2012, 48 pages, http://www.foreurope.eu
This milestone presents a pool of available indicators and indicator systems which go beyond the narrow concepts of national economic accounts as well as a structuring of the indicators and indices according to central areas of well-being. The milestone builds the basis for Task 202.2, where a subset of indicators will be selected based on different theoretical frameworks, e.g., services or functionings and needs. Some of the indicators will be included in the macroeconomic 3 models in order to account for key dimensions of sustainability.
 
Commissioned by: European Commission
Study by: Project team WWWforEurope

Sigrid Stagl, Local Organic Food Markets: Potentials and Limitations for Contributing to Sustainable Development, in: Towards Sustainable Policy

Empirica, 2002, 29(2), pp.145-162
   
 

Angela Köppl, Sigrid Stagl, Editorial, in: Towards Sustainable Policy

Empirica, 2002, 29(2), pp.75-77
   
 
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