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Employment Adjustment in Portugal: Evidence from Aggregate and Firm Data

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  • Addison, John T.

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    (University of South Carolina)

  • Teixeira, Paulino

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    (University of Coimbra)

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This paper examines the pattern of employment adjustment in Portugal. First, the issue is addressed using a long time series of aggregate data. Although the employment data show persistence, there is nonetheless a fairly rapid rate of employment adjustment. Second, a much shorter time series of firm data is used to check the persistence detected at aggregate level, and also to examine the contribution of atypical work over the cycle. Consistent with the aggregate evidence, and despite stronger employment inertia, there is no suggestion in the firm panel that labour demand is cyclically unstable.

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 391.

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Length: 28 pages
Date of creation: Nov 2001
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Publication status: published in: International Economics and Economic Policy, 2005, 1 (4), 329-348
Handle: RePEc:iza:izadps:dp391

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Keywords: labor demand; employment protection; Employment adjustment; error-correction model; panel estimation;

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  1. Andrew Benito & Ignacio Hernando, 2003. "Labour demand, flexible contracts and financial factors: new evidence from Spain," Banco de Espa�a Working Papers 0312, Banco de Espa�a.

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