Labour Regulation and Employment Dynamics at the State Level in India [electronic resource] / Sean Dougherty = Réglementation du travail et dynamiques de l'emploi au niveau de l'État en Inde / Sean Dougherty.

Dougherty, Sean, author
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Réglementation du travail et dynamiques de l'emploi au niveau de l'État en Inde
Paris : OECD Publishing, 2008.
OECD Economics Department Working Papers 18151973 ; no.624.
OECD Economics Department Working Papers 18151973 ; no.624
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Over the past decade, labour market outcomes have improved in India, with net employment rising markedly for the economy as a whole. However, these gains have arisen primarily in the unorganized and informal sectors of the economy, where productivity and wages are generally much lower than in the formal organized sector. It is only India's organized sector that is subject to labour market regulation, and here employment has fallen. The role of employment protection legislation in affecting employment outcomes is controversial both in the OECD area and in India. This paper looks at the impact of employment protection legislation and related regulation on the dynamics of employment in the organized sector of the economy, using newly constructed measures of national regulation and state labour reforms. We find that while reforms have taken some of the bite out of core labour laws, more comprehensive reforms are needed to address the distortions that have emerged. This working paper relates to the 2007 Economic Survey of India (
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