Product market deregulation and the US employment miracle

Monique Ebell, Christian Haefke

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Abstract

We consider the dynamic relationship between product market entry regulation and equilibrium unemployment. The main theoretical contribution is combining a job matching model with monopolistic competition in the goods market and individual bargaining. We calibrate the model to US data and perform a policy experiment to assess whether the decrease in trend unemployment during the 1980s and 1990s could be directly attributed to product market deregulation. Under our baseline calibration, our results suggest that a decrease of less than two-tenths of a percentage point of unemployment rates can be attributed to product market deregulation, a surprisingly small amount.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)479-504
Number of pages26
JournalReview of Economic Dynamics
Volume12
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1 2009

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Deregulation
Product market
Equilibrium unemployment
Unemployment rate
Monopolistic competition
Experiment
Entry regulation
Market entry
Matching model
Calibration
Unemployment
Job matching

Keywords

  • Barriers to entry
  • Product market competition
  • Wage bargaining

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  • Economics and Econometrics

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Product market deregulation and the US employment miracle. / Ebell, Monique; Haefke, Christian.

In: Review of Economic Dynamics, Vol. 12, No. 3, 01.07.2009, p. 479-504.

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