Non-wage labour costs, policy uncertainty and labour demand - A theoretical assessment

Yu Fu Chen, Michael Funke (Lead / Corresponding author)

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Labour costs in various European countries have reached a record high in recent years. The topic of non-wage labour costs is therefore increasingly being discussed among and between the political parties because non-wage labour costs are likely to have major negative effects on employment. We follow the real options approach, which allows us to investigate the value to a firm of waiting to adjust labour when the firm's wage and non-wage costs are stochastic and adjustment costs are sunk. Simulation exercises show that the interaction between hiring and firing costs, non-wage labour costs and uncertainty can have important ramifications for employment dynamics.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)687-709
Number of pages23
JournalScottish Journal of Political Economy
Issue number5
Early online date11 Nov 2005
Publication statusPublished - 11 Nov 2005

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Economics and Econometrics


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