Scandinavian Working Papers in Economics

Ratio Working Papers,
The Ratio Institute

No 356: Employment Protection and Productivity

Eva Uddén Sonnegård ()
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Eva Uddén Sonnegård: The Ratio Institute, Postal: The Ratio Institute, P.O. Box 5095, SE-102 42 Stockholm, Sweden

Abstract: The design of Eployment Protection Legislation (EPL) is a key factor in determining the functioning and flexibility of the labour market. In the wake of the pandemic and the rapid transformation of economies due to i.e., digitalisation, it will be more important than ever to remove impediments on labour and product markets. Multifactor productivity growth (such as work organisation, technical achievements etc.) has slowed down markedly in many countries after the financial crisis. International studies show that the design of EPL is important for productivity growth.

Keywords: Employment protection; fixed-term employment; open-ended contracts; collective agreements; collective agreements; digitalisation; multifactor productivity; labour productivity; digital-productivity paradox; automation; robotisation

JEL-codes: J59; K31; O43

Language: English

20 pages, First version: May 5, 2022. Revised: September 5, 2022.

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