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Policy Brief on The Institutional Evolution of Labour Market Institutions in Europe and Entrepreneurship

Financial and Institutional Reforms for an Entrepreneurial Society (FIRES), July 28, 2016

Author(s): Gerarda Westerhuis and Magnus Henrekson

Policy Brief on The Institutional Evolution of Labour Market Institutions in Europe and Entrepreneurship Gerarda Westerhuis and Magnus Henrekson

What is the impact of labour market institutions on entrepreneurial activity? Recently it has been argued that flexible labour market institutions have a positive influence on entrepreneurial activity. No doubt, labour mobility is an important condition for entrepreneurship.

The institutions governing the allocation of labour and talent in society enable entrepreneurs to develop their businesses and affect the willingness of employees to be(come) entrepreneurial. We analyse these institutions by reviewing labour market regulation in European countries from a historical perspective. We focus on three pillars: regulation of labour markets, wage-setting institutions and social insurance systems.


Reference:

Westerhuis, Gerarda and Magnus Henrekson (2016), "The Institutional Evolution of Labour Market Institutions in Europe and Entrepreneurship". Policy Brief No. D2.5/July 2016, submitted to the European Commission as part of the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 649378. Utrecht and Stockholm: Financial and Institutional Reforms for an Entrepreneurial Society (FIRES).

Magnus Henrekson

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