Journal Article

Enforcement of Labour Regulation and Informality


Pedro Carneiro, Rita Almeida

Published Date

2 July 2012


Journal Article

Enforcement of labour regulations in the formal sector may drive workers to informality because they increase the costs of formal labour. But better compliance with mandated benefits makes it attractive to be a formal employee. We show that, in locations with frequent inspections workers pay for mandated benefits by receiving lower wages. Wage rigidity prevents downward adjustment at the bottom of the wage distribution. As a result, lower paid formal sector jobs become attractive to some informal workers, inducing them to want to move to the formal sector.

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Enforcement of labor regulation and informality
Rita Almeida, Pedro Carneiro