The Impact of Regulation on Growth and Informality Cross-Country Evidence
22 Pages Posted: 14 Jul 2005
Date Written: June 2005
This paper studies the effects of regulation on economic growth and the relative size of the informal sector in a large sample of industrial and developing countries. Along with firm dynamics, informality is an important channel through which regulation affects macroeconomic performance and economic growth in particular. The paper concludes that a heavier regulatory burden - particularly in product and labor markets - reduces growth and induces informality. These effects are, however, mitigated as the overall institutional framework improves.
Keywords: Regulation, government performance, economic growth, informal economy
JEL Classification: K20, K30, H11, O40, O17
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