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Employment Adjustment in UK Manufacturing

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  • Burgess, Simon M

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This analysis differs from previous studies of labor demand in its explicit inclusion of the costs to the firm of adju sting its workforce. These costs include institutional factors such a s employment protection legislation and unions, and market factors su ch as the degree of slack in the labor market. Two questions are addr essed: what is the quantitative impact of these forces and does their inclusion improve the fit of a labor-demand function. The results sh owed these factors to have a strong influence on the rate of hiring/f iring and to improve significantly on conventional labor-demand funct ions. Copyright 1988 by Royal Economic Society.

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Article provided by Royal Economic Society in its journal The Economic Journal.

Volume (Year): 98 (1988)
Issue (Month): 389 (March)
Pages: 81-103

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Handle: RePEc:ecj:econjl:v:98:y:1988:i:389:p:81-103

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