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

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

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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Paper provided by Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR) in its series CEPR Reports and Issue Briefs with number 2006-14.

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