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Labour market institutions in open economy: Sectoral reallocations, aggregate adjustments, and spillovers

Povilas Lastauskas and Julius Stakėnas

Review of International Economics, 2020, vol. 28, issue 3, 814-845

Abstract: We introduce frictional unemployment in a multiworker heterogeneous firm model with a dynamic matching process, one‐ and two‐sector equilibria, and international markets. A change in labour market policies transforms the share of exporters and affects average productivity. The closure of equilibrium with or without sectoral arbitrage plays an important role in generating macro‐level outcomes for employment subsidies. Unemployment benefits, on the other hand, make unemployment and openness rise, independently of sectoral reallocations. We also find that simultaneous implementation of labour market policies remove potential gain in the trade share, and, when it comes to unemployment benefits, may even be detrimental.

Date: 2020
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