Stefano Scarpetta is the director for Employment, Labour and Social Affairs at the O.E.C.D; his brief also covers OECD work on health and international migration.

He received his laurea (summa cum laude) from the University of Rome, his Master of Science in Economics from the London School of Economics and Political Science and his PhD from the Département et Laboratoire d'Economie Théorique Appliquée (DELTA) of the Ecole des Hautes Etudes in Science Sociales in Paris.

In 1991, he joined the OECD where he worked on a number of key projects of the organization. In particular, he led several large scale research projects, including: "Implementing the OECD Jobs Strategy"; the "Sources of Economic Growth in OECD Countries"; “The Policy Challenges of Population Ageing" “The Effects of Product Market Competition on Productivity and Labour Market Outcomes”.

He moved to the World Bank in 2002 where he took over the responsibility of labour market advisor and lead economist. In this capacity, he coordinated a Bank-wide research program of Employment and Development and contributed extensively to the Bank's investment climate assessments. He was also one of the leading authors of a number of flagship publications of the Bank, including the World Development Report on "A Better Investment Climate -- For Everyone" (September 2004), the book on "Enhancing Job Opportunities in Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union" (November 2005) and the book on “Job Creation in Latin America and the Caribbean”.

He returned to the Economics Department of the OECD in November 2006 where he became the head of the Country Studies Division in charge of Japan, Korea, China, India, Mexico, Portugal, Denmark and Sweden. From March 2008 to June 2010, he was the editor of the OECD Employment Outlook and the head of the Employment Analysis and Policy division of the Directorate of Employment, Labour and Social Affairs (DELSA). He was appointed deputy director of DELSA in July 2010 and he is since May 2013 the director of DELSA.

He has published extensively in academic journals and edited several books in the fields of: labour economics and industrial relations; economic growth; and industrial organisation (see the CV). His current research interests include comparative economic systems, the analysis of labour market policies and institutions, the role of regulations and institutions for productivity growth, creative destruction and job reallocation.

Stefano Scarpetta joined IZA as a Research Fellow in December 2004 and acted as Program Director of the Institute’s research area “Employment and Development” until February 2016.



IZA Discussion Paper No. 7594
forthcoming as "The Impact of Employment Protection on Temporary Employment: Evidence from a Regression Discontinuity Design" in: Labour Economics, 2017

This paper analyses the impact of employment protection (EP) on the composition of the workforce and worker turnover using a unique firm-level dataset for Italy. The impact of employment protection is analyzed by means of a regression discontinuity design (RDD) that exploits the variation in EP provisions across firms below...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 5511

Using firm-level data for a sample of European countries, we focus on the effects that product-market regulations have on firm-level TFP growth. We proxy regulatory burdens using the OECD indicators of sectoral non-manufacturing regulations. These allow accounting for both the direct effects of sectoral regulation on within-sector performance and the...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 5261
published in: Research in Economics, 2011, 65 (2), 110-123

We test whether the growth experience of a sample of 21 OECD countries over the past three decades is more consistent with the augmented Solow model or the Uzawa-Lucas model, by exploiting the different non-linear restrictions implied by them as regards the relationship between factor shares and speed of convergence....

IZA Discussion Paper No. 4578
published in: American Economic Review, 2013, 103 (1), 305-334

This paper combines different strands of the productivity literature to investigate the effect of idiosyncratic (firm-level) policy distortions on aggregate outcomes. On the one hand, a growing body of empirical research has been relating cross-country differences in key economic outcomes, such as productivity or output per capita, to differences in...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 3237
published in: Economic Policy, 2007, 22, 731-779

Advanced market economies are characterized by a continuous process of creative destruction. Market forces and technological developments play a major role in shaping this process, but institutional and policy settings also influence firms’ decision to enter, to expand if successful and to exit if competition becomes unbearable. In this paper,...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 2770
published as "Employment Effects of Product and Labour Market Reforms: Are There Synergies?" in: Economic Journal, 2012, 122 (558), 79-104

This paper provides a systematic empirical investigation of the effect of product market liberalization on employment when there are interactions between policies and institutions in product and labor markets. Using panel data for OECD countries over the period 1980-2002, we present evidence that product market deregulation is more effective at...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 2450
published as 'Cross country differences in job reallocation: The role of industry, firm size and regulations' in: Labour Economics, 2014, 26, 11-25

This paper reviews the process of job creation and destruction across a sample of 16 industrial and emerging economies over the past decade. It exploits a harmonized firm-level data-set drawn from business registers and enterprise census data. The paper assesses the importance of technological factors that characterize different industries in...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 1424
Gaëlle Pierre, Stefano Scarpetta
revised version published in: IZA Journal of Labor Policy 2013, 2:15

In this paper, we present evidence on how employers perceive labor regulations and react when these are perceived to constrain the operation of their firm. The paper draws from harmonized surveys of (up to) 17,000 firms around the world, and compares employers' responses with actual labor legislation. We find that...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 1374

In this paper we provide an analysis of the process of creative destruction across 24 countries and 2-digit industries over the past decade. We rely on a newly assembled dataset that draws from different micro data sources (business registers, census, or representative enterprise surveys). The novelty of our approach is...

IZA Policy Paper No. 27
published in: De Economist, 2012, 16 (2), 89-116

This paper provides a critical review of the recent empirical evidence on the links between regulations affecting the hiring and firing of workers, labour reallocation and productivity growth. It also reviews how workers affected by labour mobility fare and discusses policy options to support them. The upshot is that employment...