In a neoclassical framework one can argue that unemployment can be reduced by means of institutional changes that allow for a better working of the labour market and, notably, by achieving downward wage flexibility. I argue that although various policy recommendations about removing labour market rigidities are indeed advantageous in the short trun, they are detrimental from a Schumpeterian perspective, since they discourage product and process innovation. Reduced innovation efforts will in turn weaken the supply-side strength of an economy. The paper explores the implications of Schumpeter's notion of creative destruction and of Schmookler's hypothesis of demand-pulled innovations, borrowing from recent empirical innovation research.
|Number of pages||10|
|Journal||Cambridge Journal of Economics|
|Publication status||Published - 1998|