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Regulation, enforcement and informality: an analysis based on selected countries

Roychowdhury, Punarjit (2011): Regulation, enforcement and informality: an analysis based on selected countries.

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Abstract

It is claimed that introducing flexibility in regulation is a sufficient condition for curbing the level of informality in the developing world. This dissertation tries to test the validity of this claim using data for 46 countries over the time period 1980-2008 to explore the dynamics between regulation and informal employment. The empirical findings obtained using Panel Data regression point out that regulation does not significantly affect informality. What matters is the interaction between governance and regulation. Thus, it is established that the quality of governance and the institutions enforcing the regulation are more important in context of curbing the level of informality. In addition, the dissertation also tries to find out the most important instruments of regulation that a state can put to use in context of informality.

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