Is Informality Good for Business? The Impacts of IDP Inflows on Formal Firms

54 Pages Posted: 8 Aug 2016 Last revised: 22 May 2019

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Sandra Rozo

University of Southern California - Marshall School of Business; University of Southern California - Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics

Hernan Winkler

World Bank

Date Written: August 5, 2016

Abstract

This article examines the effects of large inflows of internally displaced persons (IDP), who are primarily absorbed by the informal sector, on the behavior of formal manufacturing firms in Colombia. To identify causal effects, we employ annual firm-level panel data between 1995 and 2010 and exploit the fact that, when conflict intensifies, forcefully displaced individuals tend to migrate to municipalities where people from their origin locations settled earlier. We find that large inflows of IDP induce sizable negative effects on the intensive and extensive margins of production of formal firms. These effects are stronger for firms operating in sectors that face a stronger competition from the informal economy.

Keywords: Forced Migration, Firms, Informality

JEL Classification: D22, J61, O17

Suggested Citation

Rozo, Sandra and Winkler, Hernan, Is Informality Good for Business? The Impacts of IDP Inflows on Formal Firms (August 5, 2016). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2819225 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2819225

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University of Southern California - Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics ( email )

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Hernan Winkler

World Bank ( email )

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