Can Policies Affect Employment Intensity of Growth? A Cross-Country Analysis
33 Pages Posted: 1 Nov 2012
Date Written: August 2012
The aim of this paper is to provide new estimates of employment-output elasticities and assess the effect of structural and macroeocnomic policies on the employment-intensity of growth. Using an unbalanced panel of 167 countries over the period 1991-2009, the results suggest that structural policies aimed at increasing labor and product market flexibility and reducing government size have a significant and positive impact on employment elasticities. In addition, the results also suggest that in order to maximize the positive impact on the responsiveness of employment to economic activity, structural policies have to be complemented with macroeconomic policies aimed at increasing macroeconomic stability.
Keywords: Employment, Unemployment, Employment Elasticities, Structural Policies, Reforms, Labor Markets, Production Growth, Analysis Of Collective Decision-making
JEL Classification: E29, J60, E32
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