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Do Structural Policies Affect Macroeconomic Stability?

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Using a panel of OECD countries, this study assesses the linkages between structural policies and macroeconomic stability. Business cycle and time-series characteristics of GDP and its components are employed to define various measures for economic instability and for the persistence of adverse shocks. The results suggest that some growth-enhancing policies such as lowering employment protection also reduce macroeconomic fluctuations, while others may generate trade-offs between growth and stability. A pro-cyclical tax structure seems to help alleviating the persistence of adverse macroeconomic shocks. Les politiques structurelles affectent-elles la stabilité macroéconomique ? À partir d’un panel de pays de l’OCDE, cette étude évalue les liens entre les politiques structurelles et la stabilité macroéconomique. Les caractéristiques du cycle économique et des séries temporelles du PIB et de ses composantes sont utilisées pour définir divers indicateurs de mesure de la stabilité économique et de la persistance de chocs néfastes. Les résultats donnent à penser que certaines mesures en faveur de la croissance, telles que l’allégement des dispositions de protection de l’emploi, peuvent aussi avoir pour effet de réduire les fluctuations macroéconomiques, alors que d’autres obligent à des arbitrages entre croissance et stabilité. Il semble qu’une structure pro-cyclique de la fiscalité aide à atténuer la persistance des chocs macroéconomiques néfastes.

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  • Volker Ziemann, 2013. "Do Structural Policies Affect Macroeconomic Stability?," OECD Economics Department Working Papers 1075, OECD Publishing.
  • Handle: RePEc:oec:ecoaaa:1075-en
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    Keywords

    business cycles; cycles conjoncturels; macroeconomic stability; politiques structurelles; stabilité macroéconomique; structural policies;

    JEL classification:

    • E32 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Prices, Business Fluctuations, and Cycles - - - Business Fluctuations; Cycles
    • E61 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Macroeconomic Policy, Macroeconomic Aspects of Public Finance, and General Outlook - - - Policy Objectives; Policy Designs and Consistency; Policy Coordination
    • F41 - International Economics - - Macroeconomic Aspects of International Trade and Finance - - - Open Economy Macroeconomics
    • G38 - Financial Economics - - Corporate Finance and Governance - - - Government Policy and Regulation
    • H21 - Public Economics - - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue - - - Efficiency; Optimal Taxation
    • I31 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty - - - General Welfare, Well-Being
    • J51 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Labor-Management Relations, Trade Unions, and Collective Bargaining - - - Trade Unions: Objectives, Structure, and Effects
    • J68 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Mobility, Unemployment, Vacancies, and Immigrant Workers - - - Public Policy
    • L51 - Industrial Organization - - Regulation and Industrial Policy - - - Economics of Regulation

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