In this paper, we argue that the reason why the United States prefer a lower level of employment protection than the European countries lies in the differences in gains and costs from geographical mobility.We present a model where labor migration and employment protection are both determined endogenously.The labor market is modeled within a matching framework, where the employment protection reduces both the job finding and firing rates.Countries with low migration costs and high economic heterogeneity may prefer no employment protection so that workers can move quickly to better horizons rather than being maintained in low productive activities.
|Place of Publication||Tilburg|
|Number of pages||53|
|Publication status||Published - 2001|
|Name||CentER Discussion Paper|
- employment policy
- labour mobility
- job search