Structural Reforms and the Macroeconomy: The Role of General Equilibrium Effects

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Hans Gersbach

ETH Zurich - CER-ETH -Center of Economic Reseaarch; IZA Institute of Labor Economics; CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute); Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

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Date Written: September 2003

Abstract

We examine the macroeconomic consequences of industry wage-bargaining and product market reforms. We suggest that general equilibrium effects may be important for the evaluation of industry-specific regulations. In particular, we suggest that the European unemployment problem can be traced back partially to insufficient recognition of general equilibrium effects. Moreover, unawareness of general equilibrium effects may be an explanation of why regulations are introduced and why structural reforms are (not) undertaken.

Keywords: Awareness of general equilibrium effects, unemployment, uneven technological progress, product market reforms, sectoral wage bargaining

JEL Classification: D58, E24, J50, L50

Suggested Citation

Gersbach, Hans, Structural Reforms and the Macroeconomy: The Role of General Equilibrium Effects (September 2003). CEPR Discussion Paper No. 4043. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=461622

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