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Entry regulation and business start-ups: Evidence from Mexico

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  • Kaplan, David S.
  • Piedra, Eduardo
  • Seira, Enrique

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We estimate the effect on business start-ups of a program that significantly speeds up firm registration procedures. The program was implemented in Mexico in different municipalities at different dates. Our estimates suggest that new start-ups increased by about 5% per month in eligible industries, and we present evidence supporting robustness and a causal effect interpretation. Most of the effect is temporary, concentrated in the first 15months after implementation. The estimated effect is much smaller than World Bank and Mexican authorities claim it is, which suggests attention in business deregulation may be over emphasized.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Journal of Public Economics.

Volume (Year): 95 (2011)
Issue (Month): 11 ()
Pages: 1501-1515

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Handle: RePEc:eee:pubeco:v:95:y:2011:i:11:p:1501-1515

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Keywords: Firm start-ups; Regulation; Informal sector; Program evaluation;

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