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Labour and Product Market Reforms: A Case for Policy Complementarity

  • Amable, Bruno

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    (Paris School of Economics)

  • Gatti, Donatella

    ()

    (University of Paris 13)

This paper is a contribution to the debate on policy complementarity in relation to deregulation in the product and labour markets. We develop a model of dynamic efficiency wages and monopolistic competition. Whereas most of the literature points toward the gains associated to an increase in product market competition coupled with an increased flexibility of the labour market, we show that even when more product market competition is the policy recommendation, it should be accompanied by an increase in job security.

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 1190.

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Length: 32 pages
Date of creation: Jun 2004
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Publication status: published in: Industrial and Corporate Change, 2006, 15(1), 101-122
Handle: RePEc:iza:izadps:dp1190
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