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Size-Dependent Labor Regulations and Structural Transformation in India

  • Wenbiao Cai

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  • Manish Pandey

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Labor regulations in India increase the cost of hiring labor for larger establishments and have been cited as an important reason for the lack of mid-sized establishments in the manufacturing sector. Using data for India, we calibrate a two-sector model in which agents differ in their managerial ability in manufacturing. In the presence of size-dependent labor regulations, the model generates the observed employment distribution across manufacturing establishments in India. In a counterfactual exercise, removing the regulations increases aggregate output per worker by 2.3% and also increases labor productivity in agriculture relative to manufacturing by 4%. We find that labor regulations in manufacturing have a detrimental effect on the productivity of the agricultural sector and hence impede the process of structural transformation.

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Paper provided by The University of Winnipeg, Department of Economics in its series Departmental Working Papers with number 2012-03.

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Length: 12 pages
Date of creation: Oct 2012
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Handle: RePEc:win:winwop:2012-03
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