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Size-dependent labor regulations and structural transformation in India

  • Cai, Wenbiao
  • Pandey, Manish

We calibrate a two-sector span-of-control model and show that size-dependent labor regulations generate the observed employment distribution across manufacturing establishments in India. We find that such regulations in manufacturing reduce productivity in agriculture and impede the process of structural transformation.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Economics Letters.

Volume (Year): 119 (2013)
Issue (Month): 3 ()
Pages: 272-275

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