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Summary Indicators of Product Market Regulation with an Extension to Employment Protection Legislation

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  • Giuseppe Nicoletti
  • Stefano Scarpetta
  • Olivier Boylaud

This paper presents a database on indicators of product market regulations and employment protection legislation for most of the OECD countries and illustrates a methodology for aggregating these detailed indicators into summary indicators of the strictness of regulations. The summary indicators are obtained by means of factor analysis, in which each component of the regulatory framework is weighted according to its contribution to the overall variance in the data. These indicators are used to assess the regulatory approaches across countries as well as the interrelations between various sets of regulatory provisions. While regulatory provisions can be classified and assessed from a variety of standpoints, this paper focuses exclusively on the relative friendliness of regulations to market mechanisms: there is no attempt to assess the overall quality of regulations or their aptness in achieving their stated public policy goals. The guiding principle inspiring the conception of the ... Ce document présente, pour la plupart des pays de l’OCDE, une compilation d’indicateurs des réglementations affectant les marchés de produits et la législation sur la protection de l’emploi. Il décrit une méthode pour regrouper ces indicateurs détaillés dans des indicateurs de synthèse qui mesurent la rigidité du cadre réglementaire. En s’appuyant sur les techniques de l’analyse factorielle, ces indicateurs de synthèse sont construits en pondérant chacune des composantes du cadre réglementaire par sa contribution à l’explication de la variance globale des données. Les indicateurs sont utilisés pour mettre en évidence les pratiques réglementaires des pays de l’OCDE ainsi que pour évaluer les relations transversales entre les différentes composantes de la réglementation. L’accent est mis uniquement sur l’innocuité relative de la réglementation vis à vis des mécanismes de marché. On ne tente pas d’évaluer les qualités globales des réglementations ou leurs aptitudes à atteindre les ...

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Paper provided by OECD Publishing in its series OECD Economics Department Working Papers with number 226.

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Date of creation: 13 Apr 2000
Handle: RePEc:oec:ecoaaa:226-en
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