Credit, Labor Informality and Firm Performance in Colombia
AbstractThis paper explores the links between labor formality, access to credit and firm performance in Colombia using Annual Manufacturing Survey data for the period 2000-2009. A significant though small relationship is found between access to credit and informality. The results suggest that a 10 percent increase in the ratio of credit to sectoral output increases labor formality between 0. 76 and 1. 14 percentage points. This effect vanishes as a firm’s financial constraint increases. The paper also reports a strong correlation between labor formality and firm performance measured as output and employment growth. A one percentage point increase in labor formality is associated with an 8. 5 percent increase in output and an 11 percent increase in employment growth.
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Date of creation: Jun 2012
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- E26 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Consumption, Saving, Production, Employment, and Investment - - - Informal Economy; Underground Economy
- G21 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services - - - Banks; Other Depository Institutions; Micro Finance Institutions; Mortgages
- O16 - Economic Development, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Financial Markets; Saving and Capital Investment; Corporate Finance and Governance
- O4 - Economic Development, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Growth and Aggregate Productivity
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- NEP-ALL-2012-07-14 (All new papers)
- NEP-IUE-2012-07-14 (Informal & Underground Economics)
- NEP-LAM-2012-07-14 (Central & South America)
- NEP-MAC-2012-07-14 (Macroeconomics)
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