Law and Employment: Lessons from Latin America and the Caribbean

Law and Employment: Lessons from Latin America and the Caribbean

By: James J. Heckman (author)Hardback

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Analyzing the effects of regulation and deregulation on Latin American labor markets, Law and Employment joins the ongoing debate about the virtues and costs of legislating mandatory benefits for workers. Of the numerous labor regulations that were altered or created in Latin America during the last thirty years, many have had unintended and far-reaching results. Nobel Prize-winning economist James J. Heckman, and Carmen Pages document the behavior of firms attempting to stay in business and be competitive while facing the high costs of complying with these labor laws. They challenge the prevailing view that labor market regulations affect only the distribution of labor incomes and have little or no impact on efficiency or the performance of labor markets. This volume shows that mandated benefits reduce employment, have a disruptive impact on turnover rates and labor market flexibility, promote inequality, and discriminate against marginal workers. Along with in-depth studies of Colombia, Peru, Brazil, Argentina, Chile, and Uruguay, Law and Employment provides comparative analysis from a range of European countries and the United States, while also covering important changes in reg

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James J. Heckman is the Henry Schultz Distinguished Service Professor of Economics and of Social Sciences and director of the Center for Social Program Evaluation at the University of Chicago, and a research associate of the NBER. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Economics in 2000. Carmen Pages is a senior research economist in the research department of the Inter-American Development Bank.

Product Details

  • publication date: 12/10/2004
  • ISBN13: 9780226322827
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 475
  • ID: 9780226322827
  • weight: 912
  • ISBN10: 0226322823

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