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Macroeconomic Fluctuations and the Timing of Labour Market Reforms

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  • Saint-Paul, Gilles

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In this Paper, I analyse the pros and cons of implementing structural reforms of the labour market in booms versus recessions, in light of considerations of social efficiency, political viability, and macroeconomic fine-tuning. While the optimal timing of a reform depends on the relative importance of several conflicting effects, it seems clear that a reform should be accompanied by an expansionary macroeconomic policy. This makes structural reform more problematic in the context of the European Monetary Union.

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Paper provided by C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers in its series CEPR Discussion Papers with number 3646.

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Keywords: employment protection; firing costs; labour market reforms; monetary union; political economy; unemployment;

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  1. Bentolila, Samuel & Bertola, Giuseppe, 1990. "Firing Costs and Labour Demand: How Bad Is Eurosclerosis?," Review of Economic Studies, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 57(3), pages 381-402, July.
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