Scandinavian Working Papers in Economics

Research Papers in Economics,
Stockholm University, Department of Economics

No 2006:10: The Determinants of Labor Market Institutions: A Panel Data Study

Jaewon Kim ()
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Jaewon Kim: Dept. of Economics, Stockholm University, Postal: Department of Economics, Stockholm University, S-106 91 Stockholm, Sweden

Abstract: This paper analyzes the argument that labor market institutions can be thought of devices for social insurance. It investigates the hypotheses that a country’s exposure to external risk and ethnic fractionalization are correlated with labor market institutions. Extreme bounds analysis with the panel data of 40 years indicates that there is no robust evidence of positive correlation between external risk and the structure of labor market institutions, while ethnic fractionalization is robust negatively correlated with the institutions.

Keywords: labor market institutions; external risk; ethnic fractionalization; extreme bounds analysis

JEL-codes: C23; J08; P48

34 pages, First version: December 3, 2006. Revised: December 6, 2006.

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