Does deregulation work? Reassessing the unemployment effects of employment protection

Avdagic, Sabina (2015) Does deregulation work? Reassessing the unemployment effects of employment protection. British Journal of Industrial Relations, 53 (1). pp. 6-26. ISSN 0007-1080

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Using new data, this article examines the effect of employment protection legislation (EPL) on aggregate and youth unemployment in advanced economies and Central and Eastern Europe during 1980–2009. The results offer no clear support for the argument that EPL is a cause of unemployment. Although EPL reaches statistical significance at conventional levels in some models, the results are sensitive to small changes in the sample or the use of alternative estimators. While the analysis suggests some scope for complementary reforms of EPL and the tax wedge in tackling youth unemployment, the findings on the whole indicate that government efforts to tackle unemployment by deregulating EPL alone may well be futile.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Law, Politics and Sociology > Politics
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labour > HD4801 Labour. Work. Working class > HD5701 Labour market. Labour supply. Labour demand Including unemployment, manpower policy, occupational training, employment agencies
Depositing User: Sabina Avdagic
Date Deposited: 21 Feb 2017 15:46
Last Modified: 08 Mar 2021 12:00

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