Product and Labor Market Regulations, Production Prices, Wages and Productivity

50 Pages Posted: 6 Oct 2014 Last revised: 16 Oct 2014

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Gilbert Cette

Banque de France

Jimmy Lopez

LEDi; Microeconomic and Structural Analysis Directorate

Jacques Mairesse

National Institute of Statistics and Economic Studies (INSEE) - Center for Research in Economics and Statistics (CREST); Maastricht University - United Nations and Maastricht Economic Research Institute on Innovation and Technology (UNU-MERIT); National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Date Written: October 2014

Abstract

This study is an attempt to evaluate the effects of product and labour market regulations on industry productivity through their various impacts on changes in production prices and wages. In a first stage, the estimation of a regression equation on an industry*country panel, with controls for country*industry and country*year fixed effects, show that multi-factor productivity is negatively and significantly influenced by both indicators of industrial prices from same industry and weighted average of industrial prices from other industries, and by indicators of country wages weighted by industry labour shares for low and high skilled workers. In a second stage, an economic policy simulation of the implications these results on the basis of their calibration by the OECD product and labour market anti-competitive regulation indicators suggests that nearly all countries could expect sizeable gains in multifactor productivity from deregulation reforms.

Suggested Citation

Cette, Gilbert and Lopez, Jimmy and Mairesse, Jacques, Product and Labor Market Regulations, Production Prices, Wages and Productivity (October 2014). NBER Working Paper No. w20563. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2505868

Gilbert Cette (Contact Author)

Banque de France ( email )

Paris
France

Jimmy Lopez

LEDi ( email )

Boulevard Gabriel
Dijon, Bougogne 21000
France

Microeconomic and Structural Analysis Directorate ( email )

Paris
France

Jacques Mairesse

National Institute of Statistics and Economic Studies (INSEE) - Center for Research in Economics and Statistics (CREST) ( email )

15 Boulevard Gabriel Peri
Malakoff Cedex, 1 92245
France

Maastricht University - United Nations and Maastricht Economic Research Institute on Innovation and Technology (UNU-MERIT)

Keizer Karelplein 19
6211 TC Maastricht
Netherlands

National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

1050 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02138
United States

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