Policy Complementarities: The Case for Fundamental Labor Market Reform
AbstractThe message of this paper can be summarized in two simple points: (i) A wide range of labor market institutions - including unemployment benefits, job security legislation and payroll taxes - have complementary effects on unemployment, (ii) Thus a correspondingly wide range of labor market policies, aimed at reformed these institutions are also complementary. The existence of this network of policy complementarities implies that partial labor market reform - such as implementing job counselling and retraining schemes, while generous unemploument benefits and stringent job security provisions remain in place - is unlikely to achieve significant reductions in unemployment rates. By the same token, active labor market policies are unlikely to be effective in the presence of substantial passive policies. What is required, instead, is a thoroughgoing, many-handed approach, where by a broad range of institutional rigidities are dismantled simultaneously.
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- David T. Coe & Dennis J. Snower, 1997. "Policy Complementarities: The Case for Fundamental Labor Market Reform," IMF Staff Papers, Palgrave Macmillan, vol. 44(1), pages 1-35, March.
- Coe, David T & Snower, Dennis J., 1997. "Policy Complementarities: The Case for Fundamental Labour Market Reform," CEPR Discussion Papers 1585, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.
- E61 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Macroeconomic Policy, Macroeconomic Aspects of Public Finance, and General Outlook - - - Policy Objectives; Policy Designs and Consistency; Policy Coordination
- H25 - Public Economics - - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue - - - Business Taxes and Subsidies
- J22 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Time Allocation and Labor Supply
- J23 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Labor Demand
- J31 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Wages, Compensation, and Labor Costs - - - Wage Level and Structure; Wage Differentials
- J32 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Wages, Compensation, and Labor Costs - - - Nonwage Labor Costs and Benefits; Retirement Plans; Private Pensions
- J - Labor and Demographic Economics
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