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How does employment protection legislation influence hiring and firing decisions by the smallest firms?

  • André van Stel
  • José Maria Millán
  • Concepcion Roman
  • Ana Millán

This paper examines the impact of employment protection legislation (EPL) on hiring decisions by own-account workers and firing decisions by very small firms (1-4 employees). Using data from the EU-15 countries, our results show that the strictness of employment protection legislation is negatively related to both these types of decisions, and hence, to labour mobility among the smallest firms. This new evidence may be useful for governments aiming to create a more enabling macro-environment for employment and productivity growth.

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Paper provided by EIM Business and Policy Research in its series Scales Research Reports with number H201216.

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Length: 14 pages
Date of creation: 13 Mar 2013
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Handle: RePEc:eim:papers:h201216
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