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"Employment subject to mandatory social security contributions is anything but outdated": Eight Questions to Gert G. Wagner

Interview of May 11, 2016

Professor Wagner, in the 1980s, sociologist Ulrich Beck posited in his book Risikogesellschaft (published in English as “Risk Society” in 1992) that working conditions would become increasingly complex. Employment subject to mandatory social security contributions would decline and precarious employment would increase. Has this happened?

No, it hasn’t. Although precarious jobs have become more common, particularly since the turn of the millennium, employment subject to mandatory social security contributions has not declined. And in recent years, it has actually risen considerably. [...]

The interview with Gert G. Wagner is published in DIW Economic Bulletin 19/2016 (PDF, 100.7 KB).

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