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Is Pro-Labor Law Pro-Women? Evidence from India


  • Josef Montag

    () (Faculty of Business and Economics, Mendel University in Brno)


This paper analyses the effects of state-level differences in labor regulation on labor market outcomes of women in India. I find that labor regulation has a large negative effect on women’s economic activity, mainly employment. A one standard deviation increase in the labor regulation measure decreases the probability of a woman being economically active by 3% to 4%—the implied decrease in female labor force is 15% to 18%. There is no significant effect on the gender wage gap. Finally, labor regulation is associated with women having less say at home and a lower sex ratio.

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  • Josef Montag, 2013. "Is Pro-Labor Law Pro-Women? Evidence from India," MENDELU Working Papers in Business and Economics 2013-40, Mendel University in Brno, Faculty of Business and Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:men:wpaper:40_2013

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    1. Rahul Suresh Sapkal, 2016. "Labour law, enforcement and the rise of temporary contract workers: empirical evidence from India’s organised manufacturing sector," European Journal of Law and Economics, Springer, vol. 42(1), pages 157-182, August.

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    gender gap; labor regulation; India;

    JEL classification:

    • J16 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Economics of Gender; Non-labor Discrimination
    • J21 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Labor Force and Employment, Size, and Structure
    • K31 - Law and Economics - - Other Substantive Areas of Law - - - Labor Law

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