Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/26391
Authors: 
Baumann, Florian
Year of Publication: 
2008
Series/Report no.: 
CESifo working paper 2346
Abstract: 
This paper shows that the effects of employment protection critically depend on its enforcement. For this purpose, we capture evasion of employment protection via market exit in a setting of monopolistic competition. We find that the number of firms entering the market depends on firing costs only in the case of imperfect enforcement of employment protection. Furthermore, the possibility to circumvent firing restrictions by exiting the market mitigates the adverse efficiency effects of employment protection and can reverse the sign of the change in employment associated with an increase in firing costs.
Subjects: 
Employment protection
evasion
market entry and exit
JEL: 
J63
J65
L13
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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