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Firing Restrictions, Government Growth, Immigration, and the NAIRU: Evidence from Fifteen OECD Countries

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  • Dimitris Hatzinikolaou
  • Pantelis Kammas

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Using a Phillips-type equation and annual aggregate data from 15 Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) countries, we estimate the effects of the following policies on the ‘non‐accelerating inflation rate of unemployment’ (NAIRU): restrictions on firing, growth in government ‘productive’ expenditure, growth in social security benefits, and lax immigration policy. We consider Greece separately, but treat the other 14 countries as a fixed‐effects panel. Two effects seem to be robust to changes in the sample: restrictions on firing and growth in social security benefits raise the NAIRU.

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  • Dimitris Hatzinikolaou & Pantelis Kammas, 2010. "Firing Restrictions, Government Growth, Immigration, and the NAIRU: Evidence from Fifteen OECD Countries," LABOUR, CEIS, vol. 24(4), pages 441-455, December.
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