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Cost, risk, and labor markets: the state and sticky institutions in global production networks

Smita Srinivas

MPRA Paper from University Library of Munich, Germany

Abstract: This article posits that there is no a priori reason that industrial upgrading and market expansion leads to greater social protections or better regulation. I ask three questions and attempt a conceptual framework for institutions and their broader spatial evolution. A firm’s regional risk ecology ties in insightful ways for primary-secondary workers, insider-outsiders, and to the emergence of social protections. I propose a typology of place, work, and work-place institutions that mitigate risks and mediate costs. Industrial upgrading is a work-place based process; evolution of “informality”, wider social protections, and labour regulations can be assessed accordingly.

Keywords: Institutions; regulation; social protection; regional risk ecology; co-evolution; construction sector (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J4 L74 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2009
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