A cross-country analysis of the Okun's law coefficient in Europe

R.J. Perman, C. Tavera

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Abstract

The paper examines whether or not evidence is consistent with convergence of the Okun's Law coefficient (OLC) among several alternative groupings of European economies. A two-step empirical strategy is employed. The first step obtains rolling regression estimates of the OLC for individual European countries. The second step examines how the cross-country variance of the OLC evolves over the decade until 2002 in the selected country groupings. Evidence is found consistent with convergence of the OLC among northern European countries, and among countries with centralized wage bargaining, but an absence of convergence in other country groups.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2501-2513
Number of pages12
JournalApplied Economics
Volume37
Issue number21
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2005

Keywords

  • econometrics
  • economics
  • world economy

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