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Labour and financial market determinants of investiment decisions in Europe

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  • Giorgio Calcagnini
  • Enrico Saltari

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This paper has aimed at analysing how labour and financial markets influence investment. Specifically, we stressed the importance of considering labour market conditions within the most traditional theoretical framework that assigns a significant role to financial market imperfections in determining capital accumulation. Investment is traditionally considered one of the most important economic variables. As a component of aggregate demand it helps determine both its level and volatility. On the supply side, it is the means through which innovations are introduced into the economy, it determines the expansion path of productive capacity and, therefore, provides opportunities to increase employment. Economic policies to promote investment should therefore promote policy moves towards more efficient capital markets and, at the same time, bargaining systems that help reduce labour market conflicts

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Paper provided by University of Rome La Sapienza, Department of Public Economics in its series Working Papers with number 56.

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Date of creation: Feb 2002
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Keywords: Investments; financial constraints; corporate financial policy; labour relations; panel data models.;

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  1. Giorgio Calcagnini & Germana Giombini & Enrico Saltari, 2009. "Firms’ Investment in the Presence of Labor and Financial Market Imperfections," Working Papers 0901, University of Urbino Carlo Bo, Department of Economics, Society & Politics - Scientific Committee - L. Stefanini & G. Travaglini, revised 2009.
  2. Calcagnini, Giorgio & Ferrando, Annalisa & Giombini, Germana, 2014. "Does employment protection legislation affect firm investment? The European case," Economic Modelling, Elsevier, vol. 36(C), pages 658-665.
  3. Olaf Unteroberdoerster & Roberto Pereira Guimarães, 2006. "What's Driving Private Investment in Malaysia? Aggregate Trends and Firm-Level Evidence," IMF Working Papers 06/190, International Monetary Fund.

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