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The Impact of Labor Market Reforms on Capital Flows, Wages and Unemployment

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  • Beissinger, Thomas

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    (University of Hohenheim)

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The paper contributes to the globalization debate by scrutinizing the international spillover effects which are provoked if a single country reduces the generosity of the unemployment compensation system or weakens labor union power. For this purpose a two-country model with imperfect competition in goods and labor markets and perfect competition in capital markets is developed. It is demonstrated that the comparative-static results depend on the degree of capital mobility, the degree of competition in the goods market and the institutional setup of the unemployment compensation system. Furthermore, it is shown that the impact of country-specific labor market reforms on households in other countries depends on whether the household’s main income source consists of wage income or capital income and profits.

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 390.

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Length: 35 pages
Date of creation: Nov 2001
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Handle: RePEc:iza:izadps:dp390

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Keywords: Globalization; capital mobility; unemployment; unemployment compensation; wage bargaining; monopolistic competition; welfare state;

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  1. Addison, John T. & Teixeira, Paulino, 2001. "The Economics of Employment Protection," IZA Discussion Papers 381, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
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Cited by:
  1. Giovanni Pica, 2005. "Capital Markets Integration and Labor Market Institutions," CSEF Working Papers 144, Centre for Studies in Economics and Finance (CSEF), University of Naples, Italy, revised 01 Nov 2007.
  2. Schmerer, Hans-Jörg, 2012. "FDI, skill-specific unemployment, and institutional spillover effects," Economics Discussion Papers 2012-2, Kiel Institute for the World Economy.
  3. Schmerer, Hans-Jörg, 2012. "Skill-biased labor market reforms and international competitiveness," IAB Discussion Paper 201224, Institut für Arbeitsmarkt- und Berufsforschung (IAB), Nürnberg [Institute for Employment Research, Nuremberg, Germany].

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