Tuesday, November 13 at 12:00 in the Cassel Room (A700).

Sreyashi Sen, IIES, Stockholm University.

"Productivity Effects of Labor Regulations: Evidence from India".

"This study seeks to investigate if restrictive labour regulations depress aggregate productivity in the manufacturing sector in India, by lowering plant TFPs and by distorting the allocation of resources across establishments. The Industrial Disputes Act of 1947, which governs matters of industrial relations and dispute resolution, has been extensively amended by state governments since independence implicitly creating differential taxation regimes across the country. Using this variation and a structural model to quantify productivities, I determine a causal link or lack thereof between the two."