Tito Boeri

Tito Boeri is Professor of Economics at Bocconi University in Milan and Senior Visiting Professor at the London School of Economics. He has been Senior Economist at the OECD, a consultant to the IMF, the World Bank, the EU, the ILO as well as the Italian government. From March 2015 to February 2019, he served as President of the National Social Security Institute (INPS). He is Scientific Advisor of the Rodolfo Debenedetti Foundation (www.frdb.org) of which he has been Director since its establishment in 1998. He has been a columnist for Sole24ore, La Stampa and La Repubblica and has collaborated with foreign newspapers such as the Financial Times and Le Monde. He is one of the founders of the economic information website www.lavoce.info and of the federated English-language website www.voxeu.org. He is the scientific director of the Torino Festival of Economics.

What the Practice of Noncompetes in Italy Says About the Current American Debate

American antitrust regulators have recently taken aim at noncompete clauses. They argue that noncompetes suppress labor bargaining power and thus wages. The Italian labor market differs from its American counterpart in its rigid protections for labor, but the use of noncompetes in Italy occur at about the same rate as in the United States and shows a correlation with lower wages for workers whose noncompete clauses are unjustified because their jobs require little training and do not grant access to trade secrets. The evidence from Italy suggests that better regulation of noncompetes and informing workers of their rights is justified on the whole.

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