Matthias Knuth is the permanent participant from Germany in the INSPIRES network; other researchers from his institute will contribute to specific workpackages. 'Obviously the German labour market has proved to be quite resilient during the crisis of 2008/2009, and this was because of firms internal much more than external flexibility. Keeping their workforces on their payrolls has given German firms a head start on global markets when recovery came. Maybe the flexicurity debate has been biased with regard to dimensions of flexibility.'
Matthias is professor of Sociology at the University of Duisburg Essen and Senior Researcher at its Institute for Work, Skills and Training. He has participated in European projects on economic restructuring and the public support of workers affected. He has led several evaluations of German active labour market policies, analysed the 'Hartz' reforms in internationally comparative perspectives and contributed to several peer reviews of employment policies in Europe. His research interests include labour market turnover, job stability and perceived job security, changing retirement pathways, and the situation of migrants in labour markets and welfare provision.