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Are Protective Labor Market Institutions Really at the Root of Unemployment? A Critical Perspective on the Statistical Evidence

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  • David R. Howell
  • Dean Baker
  • Andrew Glyn
  • John Schmitt

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This report debunks the myth that labor market protections, such as unions and unemployment benefits, are responsible for high European unemployment rates.

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  • David R. Howell & Dean Baker & Andrew Glyn & John Schmitt, 2006. "Are Protective Labor Market Institutions Really at the Root of Unemployment? A Critical Perspective on the Statistical Evidence," CEPR Reports and Issue Briefs 2006-14, Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR).
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    1. Jean-Paul Fitoussi & Eloi Laurent, 2009. "Macroeconomic and social policies in the EU 15: the last two decades," Working Papers hal-01066208, HAL.
    2. Sebastian Weber, 2006. "Labor Market Structures, Trade and their Effect on Unemployment: A Theoretical Analysis and Empirical Investigation," IHEID Working Papers 22-2006, Economics Section, The Graduate Institute of International Studies.
    3. Harald Hagemann & Ralf Rukwid, 2007. "Perspectives of Workers with Low Qualifications in Germany under the Pressures of Globalization and Technical Progress," Diskussionspapiere aus dem Institut für Volkswirtschaftslehre der Universität Hohenheim 291/2007, Department of Economics, University of Hohenheim, Germany.
    4. Carlin, Wendy & Soskice, David, 2007. "Reforms, Macroeconomic Policy and Economic Performance in Germany," CEPR Discussion Papers 6415, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.
    5. Michael Feil, 2012. "Taxation and unemployment: (systematic) evidence from panel data analysis," EcoMod2012 4472, EcoMod.
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    7. Richard B. Freeman, 2007. "Labor Market Institutions Around the World," NBER Working Papers 13242, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
    8. Rafael Fernández & Enrique Palazuelos, 2009. "Labor productivity: a comparative analysis of the European Union and United States, for the period 1994-2007," Working Papers wp208, Political Economy Research Institute, University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
    9. John Schmitt & Dean Baker, 2006. "Old Europe Goes to Work: Rising Employment Rates in the European Union," CEPR Reports and Issue Briefs 2006-23, Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR).
    10. Salah Ahmed & Ali Aljane, 2014. "Labor Regulation and Unemployment: The Case of Tunisia," International Journal of Economics & Business Administration (IJEBA), International Journal of Economics & Business Administration (IJEBA), vol. 0(4), pages 3-13.
    11. C.W.M. Naastepad & Servaas Storm, 2010. "Feasible Egalitarianism: Demand-led Growth, Labour and Technology," Chapters,in: Handbook of Alternative Theories of Economic Growth, chapter 15 Edward Elgar Publishing.
    12. Sharkh, Miriam Abu., 2008. "Are there optimal global configurations of labour market flexibility and security? : Tackling the "flexicurity" oxymoron," ILO Working Papers 994241473402676, International Labour Organization.

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