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A Tale of Two Neighbour Economies: Labour Market Dynamics in Spain and Portugal

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  • Castillo, Sonsoles
  • Dolado, Juan J.
  • Jimeno, Juan F

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Spain and Portugal are two neighbour economies which share many characteristics. Spanish unemployment is more than double Portuguese unemployment, however. In this chapter we resort to Structural Vector Autoregression (SVAR) techniques to ascertain which shocks and what propagation mechanism underlie the functioning of the labour markets in both countries. Our results show that price adjustment is more sticky and that real wage flexibility is higher in Portugal. In line with this evidence, we find that, although shocks hitting both economies since the beginning of the eighties were not too dissimilar, their effects on unemployment were much more long-lasting in Spain than in Portugal.

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  • Castillo, Sonsoles & Dolado, Juan J. & Jimeno, Juan F, 1998. "A Tale of Two Neighbour Economies: Labour Market Dynamics in Spain and Portugal," CEPR Discussion Papers 1954, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.
  • Handle: RePEc:cpr:ceprdp:1954
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    1. Constantina Kottaridi & Diego Méndez-Carbajo & Dimitrios D. Thomakos, 2007. "Inflation Dynamics and the Cross-Sectional Distribution of Prices in the E.U. Periphery," Working Paper series 43_07, Rimini Centre for Economic Analysis.
    2. Addison John T. & Teixeira Paulino, 2001. "Employment Adjustment in a “Sclerotic” Labour Market: Comparing Portugal with Germany, Spain, and the United Kingdom / Beschäftigungsanpassung in einem „sklerotischen“ Arbeitsmarkt: Ein Vergleich von ," Journal of Economics and Statistics (Jahrbuecher fuer Nationaloekonomie und Statistik), De Gruyter, vol. 221(4), pages 353-370, August.
    3. repec:rim:rimwps:43-07 is not listed on IDEAS

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    Keywords

    Persistence; Shocks; Structural VAR; Unemployment;

    JEL classification:

    • E24 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Consumption, Saving, Production, Employment, and Investment - - - Employment; Unemployment; Wages; Intergenerational Income Distribution; Aggregate Human Capital; Aggregate Labor Productivity
    • J60 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Mobility, Unemployment, Vacancies, and Immigrant Workers - - - General

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