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Labour market institutions and the cyclical dynamics of employment

  • Nunziata, Luca

We present an empirical analysis of the effects of labour market institutions on the employment dynamics over the cycle. In the first part of the paper a theoretical framework is provided with particular emphasis on working time regulations. The conclusions of the theory are tested in the second part on a sample of 20 OECD countries observed over the period 1975-1997. The empirical analysis is focused one expansions, contractions and different expansion segments. The claims of the theory are confirmed and a measure of the influence of labour market institutions on the employment responsiveness to the business cycle is provided through simulations.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Labour Economics.

Volume (Year): 10 (2003)
Issue (Month): 1 (February)
Pages: 31-53

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Handle: RePEc:eee:labeco:v:10:y:2003:i:1:p:31-53
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