Informality and Aggregate Productivity: The Case of Mexico
44 Pages Posted: 22 Jan 2020
Date Written: November 2019
We assess the aggregate productivity impact of distortions arising from labor regulations in Mexico and how they interact with informality. Using employment surveys and a firm-level economic census, we document a number of novel features about informal firms in Mexico. We then construct and estimate a model of heterogeneous firms and endogenous informality to study the micro and macro impacts from various policy reforms. Some reforms may have large impacts on informal employment but small impacts on aggregate productivity.
Keywords: Social safety nets, Economic conditions, Informal sector, Social security, Labor costs, Informality, Misallocation, Productivity, Growth, Mexico., WP, informal worker, formal sector, entry cost
JEL Classification: D22, E26, H26, J46, O14, O17, E01, E2, I3, Z13, J3
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