Labour Market Measures in Spain 2008–13: The Crisis and Beyond

This report presents a comprehensive analysis of the recent evolution of the Spanish labour market and how labour market policies have responded to the challenges of the crisis. Even compared with other European peripheral countries, Spain has been severely affected by the crisis. The growth of unemployment has been severe, even for a country experiencing very high unemployment rates for the last two decades. The rapid and substantial increase in unemployment after a long period of increasing employment has questioned almost everything about the institutional organization of the Spanish labour market.