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Regional Labour Market Adjustment to Competition Policy Reforms: A Dynamic CGE Framework for Assessment

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  • James Giesecke

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    (Monash University)

  • John R. Madden

    (Monash University)

Abstract

In this paper we investigate the impact on regional labour markets of an increase in primary factor productivity in the Utilities sector. We conjecture that such an increase in productivity is illustrative of the direct effects of national competition policy (NCP). We compute, at the regional level, indices of net labour inputs that are lost from such a productivity shock, finding that the direct effects of NCP involve significant labour market adjustment costs. However, those critics of competition policy reforms who have focussed on adjustment costs have ignored important general equilibrium effects such as the mitigation of adjustment costs in other industries, and, in particular, the effects on labour market adjustment from state government fiscal reactions. We also find that, so long as these general equilibrium effects are modelled, policy makers interested in regional adjustment costs can use indices of the change in regional employment and unemployment as good proxies for the extent of regional labour market adjustment costs.

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Article provided by Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre (BCEC), Curtin Business School in its journal Australian Journal of Labour Economics.

Volume (Year): 6 (2003)
Issue (Month): 3 (September)
Pages: 409-433

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Handle: RePEc:ozl:journl:v:6:y:2003:i:3:p:409-433

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Keywords: Urban; Rural; and Regional Economics: Regional Migration; Regional Labor Markets; Population General Regional Economics: Econometric and Input-Output Models; Other Models Computable and Other Applied General Equilibrium Models Mobility; Unemployment; and Vacancies: General Technological Change: Government Policy;

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  1. Giesecke, J. & Madden, J.R., 2004. "Modelling the Regional Economic Consequences of Efficiency Gains in the Utilities Sector," Economic Analysis and Policy (EAP), Queensland University of Technology (QUT), School of Economics and Finance, vol. 34(1), pages 15-35, March.
  2. Ahmed, Vaqar, 2006. "Regional economic modelling: evaluating existing methods and models for constructing an Irish prototype," MPRA Paper 7650, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  3. Mark Partridge & Dan Rickman, 2010. "Computable General Equilibrium (CGE) Modelling for Regional Economic Development Analysis," Regional Studies, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 44(10), pages 1311-1328.

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