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Employment protection and collective bargaining during the Great Recession: A comprehensive review of international evidence

Adascalitei, Dragos and Khatiwada, Sameer and Malo, Miguel A. and Pignatti Morano, Clemente (2015): Employment protection and collective bargaining during the Great Recession: A comprehensive review of international evidence.

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Abstract

In this article, we present information from a unique database of labour market reforms implemented in 111 developed and developing countries between 2008 and 2014. We show that the number of reforms implemented each year has gradually increased and that the majority of reforms were passed in advanced economies – with EU member states being particularly active reformers. Moreover, the results show that permanent contracts and collective bargaining were the most popular areas of policy intervention in the labour market domain and that the majority of reforms decreased the strictness of employment protection legislation – although large disparities emerge across world regions in this respect. Finally, the paper compares our database to different indicators of employment regulation in order to check the consistency of our results.

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