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Labor Market Institutions and Unemployment: A Critical Analysis of Cross-Country Evidence

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Publication Date: November 2002

Publisher(s): Center for Economic and Policy Research

Author(s): Dean Baker; Andrew Glyn; David Howell; John Schmitt

Topic: Labor (Labor conditions, wages, salaries, and benefits)

Keywords: Unemployment rate; Labor markets; Collective bargaining

Type: Report

Coverage: Europe


This paper examines the extent to which the high rate of unemployment rates in many European countries can be explained by labor market protections such as generous unemployment benefits, strong unions and protections against layoffs.