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Producing Higher Quality Jobs: Enforcement of Mandated Benefits across Brazilian Cities between 1996-2007

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  • Rita Almeida
  • Pedro Carneiro, Renata Narita

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There is an open debate on how governments can help the creation of higher quality jobs. This paper explores unique administrative data on the enforcement of labor market regulations across Brazilian cities between 1996 and 2006 to analyze this topic. We proxy job quality with several attributes going beyond wages and formality of the work contract. In the context of a strictly regulated labor market, we find robust evidence of (i) a strong trade-off between the provision of mandated non-wage benefits and wage levels, on the one hand, and the provision of optional job benefits on the other, and (ii) more formality leads to higher mean wages in the economy. We argue that enforcement policies can increase welfare depending on how workers value the benefits they get through formal channels vis-à-vis wages and optional benefits.

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Paper provided by University of São Paulo (FEA-USP) in its series Working Papers, Department of Economics with number 2013_22.

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Date of creation: 28 Nov 2013
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Handle: RePEc:spa:wpaper:2013wpecon22

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Keywords: Enforcement of labor regulations; Informal sector; Job quality;

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