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Giuseppe Nicoletti, Andrea Bassanini, Ekkehard Ernst1, Sébastien Jean, Paulo Santiago, Paul Swaim
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  • 1: OECD, France

14 Dec 2001
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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 ...

employment, regulation, panel data, firm size, industry specialisation, industrial relations, innovation, wage premia
JEL Classification:
  • E24: Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics / Consumption, Saving, Production, Investment, Labor Markets, and Informal Economy / 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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