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Institutions and Labor Market Outcomes in Sub-Saharan Africa

ACCOUNTING ADVERSE SELECTION AGE CATEGORIES AGGREGATE GROWTH BUSINESS CYCLE BUSINESS ENVIRONMENT CONTRACT ENFORCEMENT CONTRACT LABOR DEVELOPMENT ECONOMICS ECONOMIC CONDITIONS ECONOMIC GROWTH EMPLOYERS EMPLOYMENT EMPLOYMENT CREATION EMPLOYMENT DYNAMICS EMPLOYMENT GROWTH EMPLOYMENT GROWTH RATE EMPLOYMENT LEVEL EMPLOYMENT LEVELS EMPLOYMENT POTENTIAL EMPLOYMENT PROTECTION LEGISLATION ENTREPRENEUR ENTRY BARRIERS EXPANSION EXTERNALITIES FIRING FIRING COSTS FIRM LEVEL FIRM PERFORMANCE FIRM SIZE FOREIGN WORKERS HIRING HUMAN CAPITAL INCOME INFORMAL EMPLOYMENT INFORMAL SECTOR JOB DESTRUCTION JOB FLOWS JOB MARKET JOB SECURITY JOB SECURITY REGULATION JOB TENURE JOB TURNOVER JOBS LABOR ADJUSTMENT LABOR COSTS LABOR DEMAND LABOR ECONOMICS LABOR FORCE LABOR FORCE PARTICIPATION LABOR LAWS LABOR MARKET LABOR MARKET FLEXIBILITY LABOR MARKET INSTITUTIONS LABOR MARKET OUTCOME LABOR MARKET OUTCOMES LABOR MARKET POLICY LABOR MARKET REFORM LABOR MARKET REFORMS LABOR MARKET REGULATION LABOR MARKET REGULATIONS LABOR MARKET RIGIDITY LABOR MARKETS LABOR MOBILITY LABOR REGULATION LABOR REGULATIONS LABOUR LATIN AMERICAN LAYOFFS LEATHER INDUSTRY LENDER LICENSING LONG-RUN EMPLOYMENT LONG-TERM EMPLOYMENT NET JOB CREATION OLDER WORKERS ON-THE-JOB TRAINING OPERATING COSTS PRIVATE SECTOR PRODUCT MARKET PRODUCT MARKET REGULATIONS PRODUCTION FUNCTION PRODUCTIVE FIRMS PRODUCTIVITY PUBLIC FINANCE PUBLIC SERVICE REGULATORY REFORMS SELFEMPLOYMENT SEVERANCE PAY SEVERANCE PAYMENTS SHORT TERM EMPLOYMENT SKILL SHORTAGES SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA TAXATION TOTAL EMPLOYMENT TOTAL WAGE UNEMPLOYMENT UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS UNIONIZATION UNIONS UNSKILLED WORKERS WAGE DETERMINATION WAGES WESTERN EUROPE WORKER WORKERS YOUNG WORKERS YOUTH UNEMPLOYMENT Microdata Set
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World Bank, Washington, DC
Africa
2012-06-04T14:58:32Z | 2012-06-04T14:58:32Z | 2008-09

The authors use firm-level survey data from the manufacturing sector in 20 Sub-Saharan African countries to explore the links between labor market regulations and net job creation. A first look at firm characteristics, perceptions, and the dynamics of employment at the firm level suggests that labor regulations are not the main "binding constraint" on job creation. Other issues seem more important at this level of development. The analysis estimates the determinants of net job creation incorporating the legal origin of the country as a proxy for regulation. The findings show that, after controlling for other firm-level characteristics, legal origin is uncorrelated with net job creation in the short run.

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