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The Shortcomings of a Partial Release of Employment Protection Laws: The Case of the 2005 French Reform

Author/Editor: Cahuc, Pierre | Carcillo, St├ęphane
Authorized for Distribution: December 1, 2006
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Summary: This paper proposes an ex ante evaluation of the effects of new labor contracts such as the "Contrat Nouvelle Embauche" (CNE) introduced in France in 2005. The lessons we draw are of sufficiently general interest to be applicable to other countries or reforms of employment protection laws. Using a model that captures the characteristics of the French labor market, we simulate the effects of this reform on unemployment, employment, and welfare. We estimate that the CNE will lead to the creation of 70,000 additional jobs in the long run, but at the cost of a slight deterioration in welfare.
 
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Series: Working Paper No. 06/301
Subject(s): Employment policy | France | Labor markets | Social safety nets | Unemployment | Economic models
Author's keyword(s): Employment protection | labor contract | reform | search models
 
English  
    Published:   December 1, 2006        
    ISBN/ISSN:   1934-7073   Format:   Paper
    Stock No:   WPIEA2006301   Pages:   40
    Price:   US$18.00 (Academic Rate: US$18.00 )
       
     
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