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Minimum Wages for Domestic Workers: Impact Evaluation of the Indian Experience

Rohan Gudibande () and Arun Jacob

No 294, GLO Discussion Paper Series from Global Labor Organization (GLO)

Abstract: The paper explores the labor market effect of minimum wage legislations in the informal sector for a developing country. The paper conducts an impact evaluation of the minimum wage legislation for domestic workers introduced in four states in India over the period of 2004-2012. Combining matching procedures with difference-in-difference, the paper estimates both the short-run and the long-run impact of the legislation on real wages and employment opportunities. Results show a positive impact of the legislation on real wages in the short-run, with no significant impact in the long-run. Further, the legislation did not seem to have had any impact on the extensive margin in terms of employment opportunities or the probability of being employed as a domestic worker over the entire period. Available evidence, in line with theoretical predictions, point towards a weak enforcement of the legislation as the driving factor of observed results.

Keywords: wages; minimum wages; domestic workers; unemployment; informal sector (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J16 J31 J33 J38 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
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