The debate on whether high standards of labour market legislation affect
economic growth and the rate of employment is topical and important. The
contributors to this book address three main issues:
* how Taiwan's labour market was able to work so well prior to 1996,
maintaining full employment for the last 40 years, regardless of the rapid
change of industrial structure in the 1980s
* what factors can be attributed to the rapid deterioration of Taiwan's labour market performance since 1996
* the measures adopted by the Taiwan government in tackling the recent
high unemployment rate, how effective these policies are and what lessons
scholars and public policy makers in other countries can learn from Taiwan's experience.
An integrated labour market model (a revision of the Harris-Todaro dualistic labour market model) is presented which can be used to analyze labour market operation in other developing countries. The effectiveness of various policies adopted by the Taiwanese government in tackling high unemployment rates are examined and the findings shed light on public policies in other developing and newly industrialized countries.
The Labour Market and Economic Development of Taiwan will appeal to scholars of Asian studies, public policy, economic development and labour economists.
Edited by Joseph S. Lee, Jing Tin Professor of Human Resource Management, School of Management, National Central University, Taiwan
Contents: Foreword Preface PART I: EMPLOYMENT DEVELOPMENT IN A FLEXIBLE LABOUR MARKET 1. Labour Market Flexibility and Employment: An Overview Joseph S. Lee 2. Taiwan's Changing Employment and Earnings Structure Gary S. Fields 3. Education and Taiwan's Changing Employment and Earnings Structure Gary S. Fields and Amanda Newton Kraus 4. Taiwan's Private Sector Labour Market Prior to 1996 Gary S. Fields PART II: EMPLOYMENT DEVELOPMENT IN A REGULATED AND GLOBALIZED LABOUR MARKET 5. Cyclical Employment Changes in Taiwanese Industry Christina Y. Liu, Wei-Chiao Huang and Chia-Wei Wang 6. Industrial Change and Structural Unemployment in Taiwan Chung-Chi Wu 7. The Deterioration of Employment: Regional Unemployment Dynamics Feng-Fuh Jiang and Paul K.C. Liu 8. The Role of Foreign Workers in Taiwan's Economic Development Joseph S. Lee 9. Involuntary Job Turnover in Taiwan, 1996-2000 Ji-Ping Lin PART III: LABOUR MARKET POLICIES IN THE NEW KNOWLEDGE ECONOMY 10. Employee Training Programmes and Sustainable Employability Joseph S. Lee and Ping-Lung Hsin 11. Employment Insurance and Unemployment in Taiwan Yang Shih 12. Evaluating Taiwan's Public Service Employment Programme Chao-Yin Lin and Mei Hsu Index