Michele Cincera (DULBEA-CERT, ULB and CEPR) and Olivia Galgau (DULBEA, ULB)
(European Economy. Economic Papers. 222. February 2005.
Brussels. 122pp. Tab. Free.)
KC-AI-04-222-EN-C ISBN: 92-894-8861-1 ISSN: 1725-3187
The European Union and its Member States have been engaged in product market reforms over a long period with notable reforms including the Single Market Program and the Lisbon Agenda launched in March 2000.
Product market reforms are seen as exerting both a direct and an indirect impact on productivity, however, the net effects of the direct effect were found to be small.
This study concentrates on the impact of product market reforms on firm entry and exit that can itself be decomposed into two effects:
internal restructuring which refers to productivity growth of individual firms present in the industry and external restructuring whereby the process of market selection leads to a
reallocation of resources among individual firms. The change in firm entry and exit will in turn affect macroeconomic performance.