June 15, 2003

Italy's Tyranny of Labor Protection

An interesting piece by Alberto Mingardi about the Italian labor market legislation.

"Italy's reformers have shown no aptitude for stressing the morality of the market system and the importance of individual freedom. As a result, the moral and beneficial role of the entrepreneur is overlooked. Rather, reformers stick to factually correct, but dully technical economic arguments about the costs of the current restrictions. For the average Italian voter, choosing between "marginal occupation increment rates" and "social justice" isn't a tough call. Mr. Berlusconi, a master of political communication in other fields, has clearly failed to make his case for a reform that more than anything will determine the success of his tenure as prime minister."