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Structural policies and productivity: Evidence from Portuguese firms


  • Jens Arnold


  • Natália Barbosa

    (University of Minho)


This paper provides empirical evidence on links between the productivity of Portuguese firms and a number of policy variables in Portugal. The analysis is based on a census of Portuguese manufacturing companies, covering more than 40,000 firms between 2006 and 2011. The results suggest that a number of these variables matter for firm performance, including the number of procedures required to start a business, a more extensive coverage of collective wage bargaining agreements, the tax burden, tax compliance costs and the number of procedures required to enforce a contract. Politiques structurelles et productivité : Résultats empiriques du Portugal Ce document présente des résultats empiriques sur la productivité des entreprises au Portugal et une série de variables de politiques. L’analyse est basée sur plus de 40 000 entreprises Portugaises entre 2006 et 2011. Les résultats suggèrent une influence significative de ces politiques sur la productivité des entreprises, notamment pour le nombre de procédures requises pour créer une entreprise, l’extension administrative des accords de négociations salariales, les impôts et leur complexité ainsi que le nombre de procédures requises pour exécuter un contrat.

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  • Jens Arnold & Natália Barbosa, 2015. "Structural policies and productivity: Evidence from Portuguese firms," OECD Economics Department Working Papers 1259, OECD Publishing.
  • Handle: RePEc:oec:ecoaaa:1259-en
    DOI: 10.1787/5jrw21mfp4kd-en

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    1. Ana Gouveia & Sílvia Santos & Gustavo Monteiro, 2017. "Short-run effects of product markets’ deregulation: a more productive, more efficient and more resilient economy?," GEE Papers 0069, Gabinete de Estratégia e Estudos, Ministério da Economia, revised Mar 2017.

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