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


  • 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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  • Giuseppe Nicoletti & Stefano Scarpetta & Olivier Boylaud, 2000. "Summary Indicators of Product Market Regulation with an Extension to Employment Protection Legislation," OECD Economics Department Working Papers 226, OECD Publishing.
  • Handle: RePEc:oec:ecoaaa:226-en

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    collecte de données; data collection; employment protection legislation; législation sur la protection de l'emploi; product market regulation; réglementation des marchés de produits;

    JEL classification:

    • C81 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Data Collection and Data Estimation Methodology; Computer Programs - - - Methodology for Collecting, Estimating, and Organizing Microeconomic Data; Data Access
    • J38 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Wages, Compensation, and Labor Costs - - - Public Policy
    • K2 - Law and Economics - - Regulation and Business Law
    • L5 - Industrial Organization - - Regulation and Industrial Policy


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