Employment and productivity in the european union and comparison with the usa, 1985-2005analysis of france, germany, italy, spain and the united kingdom

  1. GUISAN, Maria-Carmen 1
  2. CANCELO, Maria-Teresa 1
  1. 1 Universidade de Santiago de Compostela

    Universidade de Santiago de Compostela

    Santiago de Compostela, España

    ROR https://ror.org/030eybx10

Applied econometrics and international development

ISSN: 1578-4487

Year of publication: 2006

Volume: 6

Issue: 3

Pages: 55-61

Type: Article

More publications in: Applied econometrics and international development


The main emphasis of labour policies in several EU countries seem to have been addressed during the period 1985-2005 to contain the increases of real wages, under the misleading belief that lower wages could lead the policies to get higher employment rates. We show that the main policies to increase employment rates are not opposite to the increase of wages, and even the best labour policies, addressed to increase simultaneously labour productivity and employment, usually get both goals, as to say an increase in real wages and in the employment rate. We also analyse the main econometric approaches to the explanation of the evolution of these variables and present a comparison of their evolution in France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom

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