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A cohort-based analysis of the influence of minimum wage levels on labour force participation in the informal sector: Quantitative and substitution effects

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  • Jhon James Mora

    () (Departamento de Economía. Universidad ICESI.)

  • Juan Muro

    () (Departamento de Economía, Universidad de Alcalá.)

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This paper discusses the effect of the minimum wage level on the decision to join the informal job sector. We estimate a pseudo panel of the engagement in the informal sector using an IV-probit. The findings show that an increase in the minimum wage level leads to a substitution effect between young and older workers. This results show that the standards effects over the labor market in the WGM segmented model are moderate because an increase of the minimum wage level does not imply total mobility between sectors.

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  • Jhon James Mora & Juan Muro, 2010. "A cohort-based analysis of the influence of minimum wage levels on labour force participation in the informal sector: Quantitative and substitution effects," Alcamentos 1001, Universidad de Alcalá, Departamento de Economía..
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    1. Jhon James Mora & María Paola Ulloa, 2011. "Calidad del empleo en las principales ciudades colombianas y endogeneidad de la educación," Revista de Economía Institucional, Universidad Externado de Colombia - Facultad de Economía, vol. 13(25), pages 163-177, July-Dece.

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    Keywords

    Informality; minimum wages; instrumental variable probit; pseudo panel; sample selection bias;

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    • C35 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Multiple or Simultaneous Equation Models; Multiple Variables - - - Discrete Regression and Qualitative Choice Models; Discrete Regressors; Proportions
    • J32 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Wages, Compensation, and Labor Costs - - - Nonwage Labor Costs and Benefits; Retirement Plans; Private Pensions

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