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Structural Reforms and Growth: Product and Labor Market Deregulations

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  • Eijffinger, S.C.W.
  • Rossi, A.

    (Tilburg University, Center for Economic Research)

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The paper focuses on labor and product market deregulations, as fundamental elements in the passage from an investment to an innovation-based economy.The approach undertaken is prominently empirical.After a very brief description of the regulatory levels on the two sides of the Atlantic, we take two cornerstone theoretical models: one developed by Robert Gordon (1997), the other developed by Blanchard and Giavazzi (2003) and we observe how well their theoretical predictions are supported by hard data.We conclude with an independent study on the accuracy of the IMD competitiveness index in predicting the overall economic performance of countries close to the technological frontier.

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Paper provided by Tilburg University, Center for Economic Research in its series Discussion Paper with number 2006-112.

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Handle: RePEc:dgr:kubcen:2006112

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Keywords: employment; unemployment; wages; growth; regulation; productivity; IMD;

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  1. de Bandt, O. & Vigna, O., 2008. "The macroeconomic impact of structural reforms," Quarterly selection of articles - Bulletin de la Banque de France, Banque de France, issue 11, pages 5-32, Spring.

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