Floating Exchange Rates as Employment Protection
AbstractFloating exchange rates allow central banks to respond to aggregate demand fluctuations by changing their interest rates. However, such fluctuations create inertia in the labour market by increasing the cost of hiring and firing workers. A regime of flexible exchange rates can cause rigidities in labour markets similar to those caused by legalised firing restrictions. Exchange rate volatility makes firms wait before hiring new workers and firing existing ones. Thus the adoption of a common currency has effects very similar to the removal of employment-protection legislation and other direct restrictions on hiring and firing. Exchange-rate volatility is more harmful for the entry of new firms than employment-protection legislation, particularly promising, high-risk ventures.
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Length: 18 pages
Date of creation: Sep 2011
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Floating Exchange Rates; Labour-market Flexibility;
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- E32 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Prices, Business Fluctuations, and Cycles - - - Business Fluctuations; Cycles
- J23 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Labor Demand
- J24 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Human Capital; Skills; Occupational Choice; Labor Productivity
- J54 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Labor-Management Relations, Trade Unions, and Collective Bargaining - - - Producer Cooperatives; Labor Managed Firms
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- NEP-ALL-2012-05-15 (All new papers)
- NEP-LAB-2012-05-15 (Labour Economics)
- NEP-MAC-2012-05-15 (Macroeconomics)
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