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Dismissal Protection and Worker Flows in OECD Countries: Evidence from Cross-Country/Cross-Industry Data

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  • Bassanini, Andrea

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    (OECD)

  • Garnero, Andrea

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    (Paris School of Economics)

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Exploiting a unique dataset including cross-country comparable hiring and separation rates by type of transition for 24 OECD countries, 23 business-sector industries and 13 years, we study the effect of dismissal regulations on different types of gross worker flows, defined as one-year transitions. We use both a difference-in-difference approach – in which the impact of regulations is identified by exploiting likely cross-industry differences in their impact – and standard time-series analysis – in which the effect of regulations is identified through regulatory changes over time. We find that the more restrictive the regulation, the smaller is the rate of within-industry job-to-job transitions, in particular towards permanent jobs. By contrast, we find no significant effect as regards separations involving an industry change or persistent joblessness. The extent of reinstatement in the case of unfair dismissal appears to be the most important regulatory determinant of gross worker flows. We also present a large battery of robustness checks that suggest that our findings are robust.

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 6535.

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Length: 45 pages
Date of creation: Apr 2012
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Keywords: reinstatement; unfair dismissals; job-to-job transitions; employment protection legislation; industry-specific human capital; resource reallocation; gross worker flows; cross-country data;

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  1. Liina Malk, 2013. "Relaxation of employment protection and its effects on labour reallocation," Bank of Estonia Working Papers wp2013-4, Bank of Estonia, revised 04 Jun 2013.
  2. Eve Caroli & Mathilde Godard, 2014. "Does Job Insecurity Deteriorate Health? A Causal Approach for Europe," PSE Working Papers hal-00784777, HAL.
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