Labor Inspections in the Developing World: Stylized Facts from the Enterprise Survey

22 Pages Posted: 3 Jun 2016

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Rita Almeida

World Bank; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Lucas Ronconi

Centro de Investigación y Acción Social & CONICET

Date Written: July 2016

Abstract

This paper empirically explores the incidence of labor inspections across registered firms in 72 developing countries. Results show that larger firms are more likely to be inspected than smaller firms. Interestingly, inspections are less likely to occur among firms with a larger share of low‐skilled workers, and that operate in industries with more tax evasion. We explore the heterogeneity of these findings across income and geographic groups, and conclude by briefly discussing the consistency of the stylized facts with competing theories of inspection agencies’ behavior.

Suggested Citation

Almeida, Rita and Ronconi, Lucas, Labor Inspections in the Developing World: Stylized Facts from the Enterprise Survey (July 2016). Industrial Relations: A Journal of Economy and Society, Vol. 55, Issue 3, pp. 468-489, 2016. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2789211 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/irel.12146

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Lucas Ronconi

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