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Labor market policy research for developing countries : recent examples from the literature - what do we know and what should we know?

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  • Sanchez Puerta, Maria Laura

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This paper documents recent advances of research on labor market institutions, behavior, and policies in developing countries and makes suggestions for future research. The four areas of research analyzed are: i) theoretical and empirical implications of employment protection legislation on labor outcomes; ii) the issue of shifting from job to worker protection, namely, the different alternatives to severance pay: unemployment insurance and unemployment insurance savings accounts and their application to developing countries; iii) the effect of active labor market programs, particularly of training, on labor market outcomes; and iv) the causes and consequences of informality in the labor market, with special emphasis on the efforts to model the informal sector. The focus of the four sections is on theoretical and empirical work on published in the last five to seven years, and each one concludes with new directions for future research.

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Paper provided by The World Bank in its series Social Protection Discussion Papers with number 52999.

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Date of creation: 01 Jan 2010
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Handle: RePEc:wbk:hdnspu:52999

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Keywords: Labor Markets; Labor Policies; Labor Standards; Population Policies; Political Economy;

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  1. Markus Poschke, 2006. "Employment Protection, Firm Selection, and Growth," Economics Working Papers, European University Institute ECO2006/35, European University Institute.
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Cited by:
  1. Holzmann, Robert, 2010. "Bringing financial literacy and education to low and middle income countries : the need to review, adjust, and extend current wisdom," Social Protection Discussion Papers, The World Bank 56501, The World Bank.
  2. Diego F. Angel-Urdinola & Arvo Kuddo, 2011. "Key Characteristics of Employment Regulations in the Middle East and North Africa," World Bank Other Operational Studies 10893, The World Bank.
  3. Ra, Young-Sun & Shim, Kyung Woo, 2009. "The Korean case study : past experience and new trends in training policies," Social Protection Discussion Papers, The World Bank 53696, The World Bank.
  4. Lord, Janet & Posarac, Aleksandra & Nicoli, Marco & Peffley, Karen & Mcclain-Nhlapo, Charlotte & Keogh, Mary, 2010. "Disability and international cooperation and development : a review of policies and practices," Social Protection Discussion Papers, The World Bank 56092, The World Bank.

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