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The distributive and welfare effects of product and labour market deregulation

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  • Cardullo, Gabriele

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This paper studies the effects of product and labour market deregulation on wage inequality and welfare. By constructing an analytically tractable model in which the level of product market competition and the wages are endogenously distributed among sectors, I show that deregulation in goods market has mixed effects on inequality: the wage variance and the Gini index are lower, but the ratio of the highest over the lowest wage paid in the economy increases. Moreover, deregulation in labour markets raises the aggregate level of employment and the average real wage but reduces the welfare of trade unions in sectors with a low level of competition.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Labour Economics.

Volume (Year): 18 (2011)
Issue (Month): 2 (April)
Pages: 205-217

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Handle: RePEc:eee:labeco:v:18:y:2011:i:2:p:205-217

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Keywords: Product market competition Wage distribution Barriers to entry;

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