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Product and Labour Markets Interactions in OECD Countries


  • Giuseppe Nicoletti
  • Andrea Bassanini
  • Ekkehard Ernst
  • Sébastien Jean
  • Paulo Santiago
  • Paul Swaim


This paper analyses several of the cross-market effects of policies aimed at influencing outcomes in product and labour markets. Focusing on subsets of OECD countries, we look at the implications of product market competition for industry wages and overall employment, and the implications of labour market arrangements for industrial structure and innovation potential. We also look at the potential implications of regulatory reform for employment security and income inequality. We provide empirical evidence on long-run policy interactions by exploiting the cross-country and intersectoral dimensions of the data, though the analysis of employment uses also the time-series dimension. To this end, we rely on a large set of indicators of (economy-wide) labour market policies and institutions and (economy-wide, industry-specific and time-varying) product market regulations. We find that: (a) anticompetitive product market regulations have significant negative effects on non-agricultural ... Interactions entre les marchés des produits et du travail dans les pays de l'OCDE Ce papier analyse plusieurs effets inter-marchés que peuvent avoir des mesures de politique visant à influencer les résultats sur les marchés des produits et du travail. Nous concentrant sur un sous-ensemble de pays de l’OCDE, nous analysons les implications de la concurrence sur le marché des produits pour les salaires industriels et l’emploi total, et les implications des arrangements sur le marché du travail pour la structure industrielle et le potentiel d’innovation. Nous examinons également les implications potentielles de la réforme de la réglementation pour la sécurité de l’emploi et les inégalités des revenus. Nous avançons de l’évidence empirique concernant des interactions politiques à long terme en exploitant les dimensions transversales et intersectorielles de la base de données, bien que l’analyse du niveau de l’emploi utilise également la dimension temporelle. A cette fin, nous nous basons sur un large ensemble d’indicateurs de la réglementation et des institutions du ...

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  • Giuseppe Nicoletti & Andrea Bassanini & Ekkehard Ernst & Sébastien Jean & Paulo Santiago & Paul Swaim, 2001. "Product and Labour Markets Interactions in OECD Countries," OECD Economics Department Working Papers 312, OECD Publishing.
  • Handle: RePEc:oec:ecoaaa:312-en
    DOI: 10.1787/814240442882

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    emploi; employment; firm size; industrial relations; industry specialisation; innovation; innovation; panel data; primes salariales; regulation; relation du travail; réglementation; spécialisation industrielle; taille d'entreprise; wage premia;
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    • E24 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Consumption, Saving, Production, Employment, and Investment - - - Employment; Unemployment; Wages; Intergenerational Income Distribution; Aggregate Human Capital; Aggregate Labor Productivity
    • J31 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Wages, Compensation, and Labor Costs - - - Wage Level and Structure; Wage Differentials
    • J50 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Labor-Management Relations, Trade Unions, and Collective Bargaining - - - General
    • L10 - Industrial Organization - - Market Structure, Firm Strategy, and Market Performance - - - General
    • L50 - Industrial Organization - - Regulation and Industrial Policy - - - General
    • O31 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights - - - Innovation and Invention: Processes and Incentives

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