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Law and Employment: Lessons from Latin America and the Caribbean

James Heckman and Carmen Pages

No 10129, NBER Working Papers from National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc

Abstract: This paper summarizes the main lessons learned from Law and Employment: Lessons from Latin America and the Caribbean, a forthcoming NBER book. It places Latin American economies and economic policies in a world context. The paper quantifies the cost of regulation in Latin America and OECD Europe and discusses the origin of regulation. It shows the fragility of time series data analyses of the sort widely used to analyze the impact of regulation in OECD Europe and the benefits of using microdata data. The evidence shows that regulation reduces labor market flexibility, reduces the employment of marginal workers and generates inequality in the larger society.

JEL-codes: K31 L50 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-lam, nep-law and nep-ltv
Date: 2003-12
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Published as James J. Heckman & Carmen Pagés, 2004. "Law and Employment: Lessons from Latin American and the Caribbean," NBER Books, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc, number heck04-1, 6.
Published as Tight Clothing. How the MFA Affects Asian Apparel Exports , Carolyn Evans, James Harrigan. in International Trade in East Asia, NBER-East Asia Seminar on Economics, Volume 14 , Ito and Rose. 2005

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