Employment regulation and productivity: is there a case for deregulation?

Brookes, Michael, James, Philip ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1500-9468 and Rizov, Marian (2018) Employment regulation and productivity: is there a case for deregulation? Economic and Industrial Democracy, 39 (3) . pp. 381-403. ISSN 0143-831X [Article] (doi:10.1177/0143831X16631029)

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This paper explores empirically the economic validity of the relatively limited approach to the regulation of employment protection pursued in the UK over the last three decades and within the European Union more recently. It does so by comparing the UK’s manufacturing labour productivity performance with those of three countries – France, Germany and Sweden – that possess more stringent employment protection laws. The findings reveal that while productivity growth in the UK was superior to France and Sweden, it was lower than in Germany. More generally, the study’s findings fail to support the existence of a straightforward negative relationship between regulatory stringency and productivity growth.

Item Type: Article
Keywords (uncontrolled): Employment protection, labour productivity, legal regulation, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Sweden
Research Areas: A. > Business School > Leadership, Work and Organisations
Item ID: 19141
Notes on copyright: Michael Brookes, Philip James, and Marian Rizov, Employment regulation and productivity: Is there a case for deregulation?, Economic and Industrial Democracy, Vol 39, Issue 3, pp. 381 - 403.
Copyright © 2016 The Authors. Reprinted by permission of SAGE Publications.
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Date Deposited: 07 Apr 2016 16:15
Last Modified: 29 Nov 2022 19:43
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/19141

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