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Wage subsidies and international trade: When does policy coordination pay?

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  • Sebastian Braun
  • Christian Spielmann

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National labour market institutions interact across national boundaries when product markets are global. Labour market policies can thus entail spill-overs, a fact widely ignored in the academic literature. This paper studies the effects of wage subsidies in an international duopoly model with unionised labour markets. We document both positive and negative spill-over effects and discuss the benefits and costs from international policy coordination both for the case of symmetric and asymmetric labour market institutions. Our results suggest that institutional differences could sign responsible for the slow speed at which labour market policy coordination has progressed so far

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Paper provided by Kiel Institute for the World Economy in its series Kiel Working Papers with number 1599.

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Length: 40 pages
Date of creation: Mar 2010
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Handle: RePEc:kie:kieliw:1599

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Keywords: Wage subsidies; policy spill-overs; international policy coordination; unionised labour markets; trade; asymmetric labour market institutions;

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  1. Braun, Sebastian & Spielmann, Christian, 2012. "Wage subsidies and international trade: When does policy coordination pay?," Economics - The Open-Access, Open-Assessment E-Journal, Kiel Institute for the World Economy, vol. 6(30), pages 1-42.

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