The Economic Consequences of Labor Market Reglations
21 Pages Posted: 22 Mar 2017
Date Written: December 28, 2016
What do we know about the economic consequences of labor market regulations? Few economic policy questions are as contentious as labor market regulations. The effects of minimum wages, collective bargaining provisions, and hiring/hiring restrictions generate heated debates in the U.S. and other advanced economies. And yet, establishing empirical lessons about the consequences of these regulations is surprisingly difficult. In this paper, I explain some of the reasons why this is the case, and I critically review the recent findings regarding the effects of minimum wages on employment. Contrary to often asserted statements, the preponderance of the evidence still points toward a negative impact of permanently high minimum wages.
Keywords: Labor market regulations, minimum wages, job creation and job destruction
JEL Classification: J01, J08, E30
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