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Sharing Risk Within and Across Countries: The Role of Labor Market Institutions

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This paper studies the effect of labor market institutions on within- and cross-country risk-sharing using a model of international trade in risky assets modified to include a subset of agents, labor-owners, who do not access financial markets, and employment security provisions. Labor market institutions, by promoting within-country risk-shifting arrangements between agents with or without access to financial markets, reduce the fluctuations of non-tradable labor incomes and amplify the fluctuations of capital incomes. Capital flows become more volatile across countries, and if the configuration of labor markets differs across countries, capital-owners bear the burden of systematic undiversifiable world aggregate uncertainty.

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  • Lo Prete, Anna, 2013. "Sharing Risk Within and Across Countries: The Role of Labor Market Institutions," Department of Economics and Statistics Cognetti de Martiis. Working Papers 201328, University of Turin.
  • Handle: RePEc:uto:dipeco:201328
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    1. Giuseppe Bertola & Anna Lo Prete, 2015. "Reforms, Finance, and Current Accounts," Review of International Economics, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 23(3), pages 469-488, August.
    2. Anna Lo Prete, 2016. "Labour Market Institutions and Household Consumption Insurance within OECD Countries," The World Economy, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 39(6), pages 755-771, June.

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    • E2 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Consumption, Saving, Production, Employment, and Investment
    • F4 - International Economics - - Macroeconomic Aspects of International Trade and Finance
    • G15 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - International Financial Markets

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