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Unemployment in the European Union: Institutions, Prices, and Growth

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  • Marika Karanassou

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    (Queen Mary, University of London)

  • Hector Sala

    (Universitat Aut�noma de Barcelona)

  • Dennis J. Snower

    (Birkbeck College)

Abstract

This paper presents a reappraisal of unemployment movements in the European Union. Our analysis is based on the chain reaction theory of unemployment, which focuses on (a) the interaction among labor market adjustment processes, (b) the interplay between these adjustment processes and the dynamic structure of labor market shocks, and (c) the interaction between the adjustment processes and economic growth. We divide the shocks into institutional variables, price variables, and growth drivers. Estimating a system of labor market equations for a panel of EU countries, we derive the dynamic unemployment responses to each shock. Our analysis permits us to distinguish between the short- and long-run effects of the shocks. Different shocks generate different degrees of "unemployment persistence" (responses to temporary shocks) and "unemployment responsiveness" (responses to permanent shocks). We find that the growth drivers play a dominant role in accounting for the main swings in EU unemployment.

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Paper provided by Queen Mary, University of London, School of Economics and Finance in its series Working Papers with number 493.

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Date of creation: Jun 2003
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Keywords: Unemployment; Natural rate; Labor market shocks; Chain reaction theory; Employment; Labor force participation; Wage determination; Dynamic contributions; Homogeneous dynamic panels; Panel unit root tests;

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  1. Marika Karanassou & Hector Sala & Pablo F. Salvador, 2008. "Capital accumulation and unemployment: new insights on the Nordic experience," Cambridge Journal of Economics, Oxford University Press, vol. 32(6), pages 977-1001, November.
  2. Andrea Vaona, 2005. "Multiplicatively Separable Preferences and Output Persistence," Birkbeck Working Papers in Economics and Finance 0511, Birkbeck, Department of Economics, Mathematics & Statistics.
  3. Karanassou, Marika & Sala, Hector & Snower, Dennis J., 2006. "The Macroeconomics of the Labor Market: Three Fundamental Views," IZA Discussion Papers 2480, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
  4. Karanassou, Marika & Sala, Hector & Snower, Dennis J., 2006. "Phillips Curves and Unemployment Dynamics: A Critique and a Holistic Perspective," IZA Discussion Papers 2265, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
  5. Jósef Sigurdsson, 2013. "Capital Investment and Equilibrium Unemployment," Economics wp61, Department of Economics, Central bank of Iceland.
  6. Jeanfils, Philippe & Burggraeve, Koen, 2008. ""NONAME": A new quarterly model for Belgium," Economic Modelling, Elsevier, vol. 25(1), pages 118-127, January.

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