Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore

N. 13 - "Policy Myopia and Labour Market Institutions" - Claudio Lucifora and Simone Moriconi

01 gennaio 2014


In the public debate, poor employment performance has often been associated with the existence of extensive labour market regulations and a lack of commitment to far-sighted public policies. This paper investigates the relation between policy myopia and labour market institutions. We develop a theoretical model in which policy myopialeads an incumbent government to choose institutions that allow the creation of rents in the labour market and reduce resources available to public goods provision and social expenditure. We test these predictions empirically using panel data for 21 OECD countries for the period 1985{2006. We show that policy myopia is associated with more regulated labour markets, lower unemployment bene t replacement rates, and smaller tax wedges on labour.

Keywords: Policy myopia, public good provision, labour market institutions

JEL Codes: J64, J88, H11


Autore: Claudio Lucifora and Simone Moriconi

Anno: 2014