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Labour Market Adjustments in Europe

Edited by Julián Messina, Office of the Chief Economist for Latin America & the Caribbean Region, World Bank, US, Claudio Michelacci, CEMFI, Madrid, Spain, Jarkko Turunen, International Monetary Fund (IMF), US and Gylfi Zoega, University of Iceland, Reykjavik, Iceland and Birkbeck College, University of London, UK
The group of contributors in this book come from academia and international organizations in Europe and the USA. They focus on trade unions, which affect real-wage flexibility and the provision of training to workers. They also concentrate on employment protection legislation, which discourages firms from firing old workers and also from hiring new ones. The structure of housing market imperfections that can greatly affect regional mobility is also discussed.
Extent: 264 pp
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Publication Date: 2006
ISBN: 978 1 84542 609 5
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It is now widely accepted that expansionary fiscal or monetary policies alone are unlikely to help Europe’s ailing economies. Solving Europe’s economic problems requires reform of the economic institutions that influence economic activity and the way the economy responds to macroeconomic shocks. This volume employs novel approaches to the study of some of these institutions.

The group of contributors in this book come from academia and international organizations in Europe and the USA. They focus on trade unions, which affect real-wage flexibility and the provision of training to workers. They also concentrate on employment protection legislation, which discourages firms from firing old workers and also from hiring new ones. The structure of housing market imperfections that can greatly affect regional mobility is also discussed.

Labour economists and scholars of European studies, as well as economic policymakers, will read Labour Market Adjustments in Europe with great interest.
‘. . . the book is an interesting contribution to the literature on labour market practices in Europe. The important statistics and analysis conducted by the authors in the book have important implications for scholars in the international entrepreneurship field wanting to know more about the diverse labour practices in Europe.’
– Vanessa Ratten, Journal of International Entrepreneurship
Contributors: S.O. Becker, A.L. Booth, R. Duval, M. Ebell, M. Francesconi, R. Gómez-Salvador, T. Gylfason, P. Koning, A.D. Kugler, N.C. Martins, J. Messina, C. Michelacci, G. Pica, K. Pichelmann, H. Sala, A. Sanz-de-Galdeano, C. Strozzi, J. Turunen, G. Vallanti, E. Villanueva, M. van Leuvensteijn, G. Zoega
Contents:
Introduction
Julián Messina, Claudio Michelacci, Jarkko Turunen and Gylfi Zoega

1. New Monopsony, Institutions and Training
Alison L. Booth, Marco Francesconi and Gylfi Zoega
Discussion
Thorvaldur Gylfason

2. Cyclicality of Real Wages in the Euro Area and OECD Countries
Julián Messina, Chiara Strozzi and Jarkko Turunen
Discussion
Karl Pichelmann

3. Pension Systems, Social Transfer Programmes and the Retirement Decision in OECD Countries
Romain Duval
Discussion
Hector Sala

4. The Effects of Employment Protection and Product Market Regulations on the Italian Labour Market
Adriana D. Kugler and Giovanni Pica
Discussion
Monique Ebell

5. On the Determinants of Job Flows in Europe: Sectoral Factors and Institutions
Ramón Gómez-Salvador, Julián Messina and Giovanna Vallanti
Discussion
Sascha O. Becker

6. The Effect of Home-Ownership on Labour Mobility in the Netherlands
Michiel van Leuvensteijn and Pierre Koning
Discussion
Anna Sanz-de-Galdeano

7. The Impact of Credit Constraints on Household Formation
Nuno C. Martins and Ernesto Villanueva
Discussion
Pierre Koning

Index