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Fighting Informality in Segmented Labor Markets. A General Equilibrium Analysis Applied to Uruguay

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  • Carmen Estrades
  • María Inés Terra

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As in other Latin American countries, labor informality in Uruguay mainly affects less educated workers, who are also more vulnerable to poverty. We analyze the impact of some policies against informality in Uruguay, applying a general equilibrium model with a segmented labor market specification. We simulate two sets of policies: payroll tax cuts and increased enforcement in the informal sector. Both sets of policies are effective in reducing informality, but the effect on poverty is not straightforward. Poverty falls as informality is reduced; however, as enforcement policies increase hiring costs for informal firms, wages of low-skilled workers decline and poverty increases.

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Article provided by Instituto de Economía. Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. in its journal Latin American Journal of Economics-formerly Cuadernos de Economía.

Volume (Year): 48 (2011)
Issue (Month): 1 ()
Pages: 1-37

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Handle: RePEc:ioe:cuadec:v:48:y:2011:i:1:p:1-37

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Keywords: Informality; labor market; general equilibrium model; policies; poverty;

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  1. Estrades, Carmen & Terra, María Inés, 2012. "Commodity prices, trade, and poverty in Uruguay," Food Policy, Elsevier, vol. 37(1), pages 58-66.

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