We assess whether imperfect knowledge of labor regulation hinders job creation at small and medium-sized firms. We partner with a labor law expert organization that provides information about labor regulation via newsletters and access to a specialized website. We randomly assign 1,800 firms to get access to this service for a 21-week period. Six months later, the average employment level at treatment firms was 12 percent higher than at control firms. The intervention decreased the perception that labor regulation is a constraint to hiring and increased optimal employment level.
Bertrand, Marianne, and Bruno Crépon.
"Teaching Labor Laws: Evidence from a Randomized Control Trial in South Africa."
American Economic Journal: Applied Economics,
Firm Behavior: Empirical Analysis
Search; Learning; Information and Knowledge; Communication; Belief; Unawareness
Labor Turnover; Vacancies; Layoffs
Firm Performance: Size, Diversification, and Scope
Economic Development: Human Resources; Human Development; Income Distribution; Migration