The Spanish Labor Market in a Cross-Country Perspective

 
Author/Editor: Jaumotte, Florence
 
Publication Date: January 01, 2011
 
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Summary: The Spanish labor market is not working: the unemployment rate is structurally very high; wages are not very responsive to labor market conditions, causing a high cyclicality of unemployment; and the labor market is highly dual. Compared with the EU15, Spanish labor market institutions and policies stand out by the structure of its collective bargaining, which occurs mostly at an intermediate level, and by very high severance payments for permanent workers. Based on a quantitative analysis, the paper shows that moving away from the intermediate level of bargaining would go a long way toward bringing the unemployment rate closer to the EU15 average. The key reform needed to reduce the share of temporary workers is reducing employment protection of permanent workers. Substantially reforming the collective bargaining system and reducing the protection of permanent workers are likely to be highly complementary to secure a substantial reduction in the unemployment rate. The recent 2010 labor market reform attempts to address these issues, although its effects are still to materialize.
 
Series: Working Paper No. 11/11
Subject(s): Cross country analysis | Economic models | European Economic and Monetary Union | Labor costs | Labor markets | Spain | Unemployment | Wage bargaining | Wages

Author's Keyword(s): Unemployment | Employment | Wages | Collective Bargaining | Severance Pay | Unemployment Insurance | Spain
 
English
Publication Date: January 01, 2011
Format: Paper
Stock No: WPIEA2011011 Pages: 52
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