What factors influence firm perceptions of labour market constraints to growth in the MENA region?

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dc.contributor.author Fakih, Ali
dc.contributor.author Ghazalian, Pascal L.
dc.date.accessioned 2016-05-06T06:26:19Z
dc.date.available 2016-05-06T06:26:19Z
dc.date.copyright 2015 en_US
dc.date.issued 2016-05-06
dc.identifier.issn 0143-7720 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10725/3687 en_US
dc.description.abstract Purpose – Labour market constraints constitute prominent obstacles to firm development and economic growth of countries located in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. The purpose of this paper is to examine the implications of firm characteristics, national locations, and sectoral associations for the perceptions of firms concerning two basic labour market constraints: labour regulations and labour skill shortages. Design/methodology/approach – The empirical analysis is carried out using firm-level data set sourced from the World Bank’s Enterprise Surveys database. A bivariate probit estimator is used to account for potential correlations between the errors in the two labour market constraints’ equations. The authors implement overall estimations and comparative cross-country and cross-sector analyses, and use alternative estimation models. Findings – The empirical results reveal some important implications of firm characteristics (e.g. firm size, labour compositions) for firm perceptions of labour regulations and labour skill shortages. They also delineate important cross-country and cross-sector variations. The authors also find significant heterogeneity in the factors’ implications for the perceptions of firms belonging to different sectors and located in different MENA countries. Originality/value – Reforms in labour regulations and investment in human capital are important governmental policy interventions for promoting firm development and economic growth in the MENA region. This paper contributes to the empirical literature by analysing the factors influencing the perceptions of firms located in the MENA region concerning labour regulations and labour skill shortages. It provides policy-makers with information needed in the design of labour policies that attenuate the impacts of labour market constraints and enhance the performance of firms and the long-run economic growth. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.title What factors influence firm perceptions of labour market constraints to growth in the MENA region? en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.description.version Published en_US
dc.author.school SOB en_US
dc.author.idnumber 201105198 en_US
dc.author.department Department of Economics (ECON) en_US
dc.description.embargo N/A en_US
dc.relation.journal International Journal of Manpower en_US
dc.journal.volume 36 en_US
dc.journal.issue 8 en_US
dc.article.pages 1181-1206 en_US
dc.keywords MENA region en_US
dc.keywords Labour regulations en_US
dc.keywords Labour skill shortages en_US
dc.keywords Labour market constraints en_US
dc.keywords Bivariate probit model en_US
dc.identifier.doi http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/IJM-02-2014-0050 en_US
dc.identifier.ctation Fakih, A., & Ghazalian, P. L. (2015). What factors influence firm perceptions of labour market constraints to growth in the MENA region?. International Journal of Manpower, 36(8), 1181-1206. en_US
dc.author.email AFakih@lau.edu.lb en_US
dc.identifier.tou http://libraries.lau.edu.lb/research/laur/terms-of-use/articles.php en_US
dc.identifier.url http://www.emeraldinsight.com/doi/full/10.1108/IJM-02-2014-0050 en_US
dc.orcid.id https://orcid.org/0000-0002-8562-3308 en_US

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