26 September 2019

Award for best master’s theses in Danish Labor Market Policy 2019


Five students were on Tuesday, September 26, 2019 honored in the Ministry of Employment for their master’s theses about the labor market. Minister of Employment Peter Hummelgaard participated in the ceremony.

For the third year in a row the Ministry of Employment delegates prizes to the best master’s theses within the fields of labor market economic and worker- and employments rights. This year as a new initiative the Ministry also delegated a prize for labor market policy. 

An assessment committee for each area selected the tree best theses from 2018 and the winners were honored in a ceremony at the Ministry of Employment Tuesday September 26, 2019. With the selection of best theses follows an award of 25.000 Danish crowns.

Daniel Christensen and Sofie Steen Bagger are rewarded with the price in labor market policy for their master thesis  “Danish flexicurity and Swedish flexiarchate: A historical comparative analysis of the corporatism influence at the precarious work in the Nordic countries”  The thesis aims to explain and understand why precarious work – defined as unstable jobs with low security and salary -  is more common in Sweden than in Denmark although the two countries are comparable in many areas.

The assessment committee chaired by professor Peter Nedergaard argue that the master’s thesis is thorough, well-documented and well-written.

In the thesis Daniel Christensen and Sofie Steen Bagger argue that the differences between the two countries is due to a particular regulations model in Sweden from 1971. This model has created a strong division between law protected insiders and not protected outsiders in the Swedish labor force. On the other side the Danish negotiation based labor market model has entailed that the insider-outsider complex of problems is far less present because neither the Danish employees or employers are dominating.

The department congratulates Sofie and Daniel.

Watch a video from the ceremony and interview with the winners below.