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Institutions and service employment: a panel study for OECD countries

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  • Messina, Julián

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We live in a service economy, but the extent of development of service employment differs across developed countries. This paper assesses the role of structural factors and institutions in explaining the common patterns and main di?erences in the recent expansion of service employment in OECD countries. It finds that GDP per capita, the size of the government sector and the extent of urbanization are positively associated with the service employment share. However, the evidence suggests that laws and institutions such as product market regulations, unions and more coordinated wage-setting systems are hampering the expansion of service employment. JEL Classification: J21, L80, L51

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Paper provided by European Central Bank in its series Working Paper Series with number 0320.

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Date of creation: Mar 2004
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Handle: RePEc:ecb:ecbwps:20040320

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Keywords: Employment; Product and Labor Market Regulations; Service Industries; Structural change;

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  1. D’Agostino, Antonello & Serafini, Roberta & Ward-Warmedinger, Melanie, 2006. "Sectoral explanations of employment in Europe: the role of services," Working Paper Series 0625, European Central Bank.
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  3. Metka Stare & Andreja Jaklič, 2011. "Towards Explaining Growth of Private and Public services in the Emerging Market Economies," The AMFITEATRU ECONOMIC journal, Academy of Economic Studies - Bucharest, Romania, vol. 13(30), pages 581-598, June.
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