Threshold effects of dismissal protection regulation and the emergence of temporary work agencies

Yu-Fu Chen, Michael Funke

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    Labour market regulations aimed at enhancing job-security are dominant in several OECD countries. These regulations seek to reduce dismissals of workers and fluctuations in employment. The main theoretical contribution is to gauge the effects of such regulations on labour demand across establishment sizes. In order to achieve this, we investigate an optimising model of labour demand under uncertainty through the application of real option theory. We also consider other forms of employment which increase the flexibility of the labour market. In particular, we are modelling the contribution of temporary employment agencies (Zeitarbeit) allowing for quick personnel adjustments in client firms. The calibration results indicate that labour market rigidities may be crucial for understanding sluggishness in firms´ labour demand and the emergence and growth of temporary work.
    Original languageEnglish
    PublisherUniversity of Dundee
    Publication statusPublished - 2008

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    NameDundee Discussion Papers in Economics
    PublisherUniversity of Dundee
    ISSN (Print)1473-236X


    • Labour demand
    • Dismissal protection legislation
    • Firing costs
    • Real options
    • Temporary work agencies
    • Temporary employment

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