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How Much Does Hiring and Firing Cost? Survey Evidence from a Sample of Italian Firms

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  • Alessandra Del Boca
  • Paola Rota

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We analyse the Italian labour market, which is typically considered to be highly regulated. We focus on the costs imposed on firms by the institutional environment in which they operate, and on the adjustment strategies that they pursue as a result. We have followed two complementary approaches: the analysis of the development of the laws relating to hiring and firing, together with a set of interviews of 61 manufacturing firms. This also allows us to quantify the extent of turnover costs on the total labour costs. Hiring costs, which include recruiting and training, range between 2.0 and 2.6 months of labour costs; firing costs range from less than half a monthly labour cost to 20 months of labour costs in cases of conflict. Copyright Fondazione Giacomo Brodolini and Blackwell Publishers Ltd. 1998.

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  • Alessandra Del Boca & Paola Rota, 1998. "How Much Does Hiring and Firing Cost? Survey Evidence from a Sample of Italian Firms," LABOUR, CEIS, vol. 12(3), pages 427-449, September.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:labour:v:12:y:1998:i:3:p:427-449
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