Working Paper No. 876

Employment Protection Reform, Enforcement in Collective Agreements and Worker Flows

Published: June 23, 2011, revised February 2015Pages: 48Keywords: Employment protection; Hirings; Separations; Collective agreements; Matched employer-employee dataJEL-codes: J23; J63; J14; J52; K31

Employment Protection Reform, Enforcement in Collective Agreements and Worker Flows Fredrik Heyman and Per Skedinger


We analyse a reform of notice periods for employer-initiated separations in Sweden, which reduced the notice periods for newly hired older workers substantially but implied minor or no changes in the advance notices for younger workers. The reform was initiated at different times depending on collective agreement. These circumstances provide ample opportunity for the identification of its effects. Our findings indicate heterogeneous effects on hirings and separations across collective agreements. A salient feature of the results is that the estimated effects increase with the treatment dose, i.e., the size of the reduction in notice periods across different age groups.

Fredrik Heyman

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Per Skedinger

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