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What if supply-side policies are not enough? The perverse interaction of flexibility and austerity

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Author(s):
Dosi, G. [1] ; Pereira, M. C. [2, 1] ; Roventini, A. [1, 3] ; Virgillito, M. E. [1, 4]
Total Authors: 4
Affiliation:
[1] Scuola Super Sant Anna, Inst Econ, Piazza Martin delal Liberta 33, I-56127 Pisa - Italy
[2] Univ Estadual Campinas, Inst Econ, BR-13083970 Campinas, SP - Brazil
[3] Sci Po, OFCE, Nice - France
[4] Univ Cattolica Sacro Cuore, Dept Econ Policy, Via Pietro Necchi 5, I-20123 Milan - Italy
Total Affiliations: 4
Document type: Journal article
Source: JOURNAL OF ECONOMIC BEHAVIOR & ORGANIZATION; v. 162, p. 360-388, JUN 2019.
Web of Science Citations: 2
Abstract

In this work we develop a set of labour market and fiscal policy experiments upon the labour- and credit- augmented ``Schumpeter meeting Keynes{''} agent-based model. The labour market is declined under two institutional variants, the ``Fordist{''} and the ``Competitive{''} set-ups meant to capture the historical transition from the post-WWII toward the post Thatcher-Reagan period. Inside these two regimes, we study the different effects of supply-side active labour market policies (ALMPs) vs. demand-management, passive labour market ones (PLMPs). In particular, we analyse the effects of ALMPs aimed at promoting job search, and at providing training to unemployed people. Next, we compare the effects of these policies with unemployment benefits meant to sustain income and therefore aggregate demand. Considering the burden of unemployment benefits in terms of the public budget, we link such provision with the objectives of the European Stability and Growth Pact. Our results show that (i) an appropriate level of skills is not enough to sustain growth when workers face adverse labour demand; (ii) supply-side policies are not able to reverse the negative interaction between flexibility and austerity; (iii) PLMPs outperform ALMPs in reducing unemployment and workers' skill deterioration; and (iv) demand-management policies are better suited to mitigate inequality and to sustain long-run growth. (C) 2018 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved. (AU)

FAPESP's process: 15/24341-7 - New strategies to confront with the threat of capacity exhaustion
Grantee:Helio Waldman
Support type: Research Projects - Thematic Grants