Armanda Cetrulo, Valeria Cirillo and Dario Guarascio

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Weaker jobs, weaker innovation. Exploring the temporary employment-product innovation nexus

This work explores the relationship between temporary employment and product innovation focusing on five major European economies (France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the Netherlands) observed between 1998 and 2012. Building on the conceptual framework proposed by Kleinknecht et al. (2014), the analysis distinguishes sectors according to their technological characteristics and regimes finding that industries using […]

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Firm-level pay agreements and within-firm wage inequalities: Evidence across Europe

This article investigates the relation linking single-employer bargaining – increasingly the norm in Europe – and within-firm wage dispersion – a significant driver of wage in- equality. The study considers six European economies (Belgium, Spain, Germany, France, the Czech Republic and the UK), featuring different collective bargaining institutions, in 2006 and 2010. The authors account […]

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Offshoring, industry heterogeneity and employment

Economies and production systems are subject to incessant processes of structural change fuelled by the dynamics of demand, technology and international competition. The increasing international fragmentation of production, also known as “offshoring”, is an important element of such a (global in scale) process of structural change having important implications for employment and on the way […]

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The dynamics of profit and wages: technology, offshoring and demand

Journal for a Progressive Economy, October 2016 Over the last decades, economic inequalities have dramatically increased across both advanced and developing economies (Atkinson, 2015; Piketty, 2014). This evidence raises interest (again) in the dynamics of income distribution and its drivers (Franzini and Pianta, 2016). Looking back in time, classical economists such as Marx, Ricardo, or […]

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Rediscovering The Importance Of Functional Distribution And Its Drivers

Nowadays, both economists and policy makers have rediscovered the importance of income distribution, while in the past this research remained the domain of a handful of scholars, usually in the heterodox tradition. In a number of recent papers, even the IMF has warned about the risks stemming from increasing inequalities but the recommendations inferred from […]

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Innovation and Within-firm Wage Inequalities: Empirical Evidence from Major European Countries

A large literature analyses the links between wage inequality and technology, without explicitly taking into account within-firm wage dispersion. In this work we seek to fill this gap, exploiting a matched employer-employee dataset from a large representative survey on firms active in major European economies, providing several contributions. First, we employ different measures of within-firm […]

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Did Italy Need More Labour Flexibility? The Consequences of the Jobs Act

Intereconomics, Volume 51, March/April 2016, Number 2/pp. 79-86 DOI: 10.1007/s10272-016-0581-3 The dramatic impact of the 2008 crisis on the Italian economy led to policy responses including structural reforms and labour market liberalisation to reverse the worrisome output and employment trends. A key action by the Italian government, the evocatively named Jobs Act of 2014, has […]

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