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The Impact of Structural Reforms on Wages and employment: The case of Formal versus Informal Workers in Bolivia

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  • Spatz, Julius

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This paper seeks to contribute to the ongoing controversy on the distributional effects of structural reforms in developing countries. To this end, we set up a small-scale macroeconomic model of a dual economy to capture the transmission mechanisms through which the deregulation of product and factor markets, the liberalization of the trade and FDI regime, and the privatization of public companies impact on the distribution of employment and wages between the formal and the informal sector, We empirically test the implications of our theoretical model in a detailed case study on the structural reform process in Bolivia since 1985.

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  • Spatz, Julius, 2004. "The Impact of Structural Reforms on Wages and employment: The case of Formal versus Informal Workers in Bolivia," Revista Latinoamericana de Desarrollo Economico, Instituto de Investigaciones Socio-Económicas (IISEC), Universidad Católica Boliviana, issue 2, pages 91-122, Abril.
  • Handle: RePEc:ris:revlde:0204
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    1. Stephan Klasen & Melanie Grosse & Rainer Thiele & Jann Lay & Julius Spatz & Manfred Wiebelt, 2004. "Operationalizing Pro-Poor Growth - Country Case Study: Bolivia," Ibero America Institute for Econ. Research (IAI) Discussion Papers 101, Ibero-America Institute for Economic Research.
    2. Jann Lay & Rainer Thiele & Manfred Wiebelt, 2008. "Resource Booms, Inequality, And Poverty: The Case Of Gas In Bolivia," Review of Income and Wealth, International Association for Research in Income and Wealth, vol. 54(3), pages 407-437, September.

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    Workers; Bolivia; Formal; Informal;

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    • Z00 - Other Special Topics - - General - - - General

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