Employment Protection Legislation
Show Less

Employment Protection Legislation

Evolution, Effects, Winners and Losers

Per Skedinger

Employment protection legislation is one of the most controversial issues in the labour market. In this insightful book, Per Skedinger provides an overview of the design, evolution and research on the effects of employment protection legislation around the world.
Buy Book in Print
Show Summary Details

Chapter 5: Empirical Studies on the Effects of Employment Protection Legislation

Per Skedinger

Extract

5. Empirical studies on the effects of employment protection legislation Empirical studies on employment protection legislation consider a wide variety of effects. First, effects relating to labour market status (such as levels, inflows and outflows, and distribution across various groups in employment and unemployment status, personnel turnover and interactions between regulations regarding employment protection and other labour market institutions on the one hand and macroeconomic shocks on the other). Secondly, structural change (job reallocation and entry and exit of firms). Thirdly, productivity and growth (levels and growth of labour productivity and total factor productivity, GDP growth and more indirectly related factors such as worker absenteeism, training and location of firms). Fourth, wages (among workers in general or among insiders). Finally, effects of employment protection legislation on perceived job security have been studied. As few studies were undertaken prior to 1990, this review comprises the period from 1990 to the present. The first issue within the empirical research on the effects of employment protection, 75 PSkedinger_05_Finals.indd 75 1/27/2010 3:56:09 PM 76 Employment protection legislation as in other empirical studies, is to what degree a relationship can be established between legislation and the various outcomes studied. The second and more fundamental issue is whether a relationship is causal, that is to say, if the effect under study is in fact caused by employment protection legislation or if there is just a correlation. In the latter case, there may be some other factor – unobserved by the researcher...

You are not authenticated to view the full text of this chapter or article.

Elgaronline requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books or journals. Please login through your library system or with your personal username and password on the homepage.

Non-subscribers can freely search the site, view abstracts/ extracts and download selected front matter and introductory chapters for personal use.

Your library may not have purchased all subject areas. If you are authenticated and think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.


Further information

or login to access all content.