© 2008

In Defence of Labour Market Institutions

Cultivating Justice in the Developing World

  • Janine Berg
  • David Kucera

Part of the The International Labour Organization book series

Table of contents

About this book


Though labour market regulations have been blamed for the poor economic performance of many developing countries, the evidence on which this argument rests is weak. Through a survey of different labour market institutions in developing countries, this book reaffirms the importance of labour market institutions in this era of globalization.


Developing Countries employment globalization labor market labour law labour market unemployment unions

Editors and affiliations

  • Janine Berg
    • 1
  • David Kucera
    • 2
  1. 1.GenevaSwitzerland
  2. 2.International Labour OfficeGenevaSwitzerland

About the editors

JOSE LUIS DAZA PEREZ International Labour Office, Switzerland FRANÇOIS EYRAUD International Labour Office, Switzerland JESUS FELIPE Asian Development Bank, Philippines ROSANNA GALLI University of Lugano, Switzerland SANGHEON LEE International Labour Office, Switzerland DEIRDRE MCCANN International Labour Office, Switzerland J.S.L. MCCOMBIE University of Cambridge, UK IRMGARD NÜBLER International Labour Office, Switzerland CATHERINE SAGET International Labour Office, Switzerland MATTHEW SALERNO International Labour Office, Switzerland ZAFIRIS TZANNATOS World Bank Institute, USA MARÍA LUZ VEGA RUÍZ International Labour Office, Switzerland

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title In Defence of Labour Market Institutions
  • Book Subtitle Cultivating Justice in the Developing World
  • Editors J. Berg
    D. Kucera
  • Series Title The International Labour Organization
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited 2008
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Palgrave Economics & Finance Collection Economics and Finance (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-0-230-53805-4
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-349-35963-9
  • eBook ISBN 978-0-230-58420-4
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XVI, 293
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Development Economics
    Labor Economics
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'This is a timely volume on a critically important topic. Berg and Kucera and their contributors challenge the conventional wisdom that excessive labor market regulation retards growth and development, and that developing countries in particular can ill afford the level of such regulation that they have taken on. Taken as a whole, the papers make a compelling case for skepticism about this conventional wisdom. The volume provides a vital survey of the state of regulatory institutions in the developing world and the main empirical, theoretical, and normative arguments about the alleged regulation/growth tradeoff.' - Professor Chris Tilly, Department of Regional Economic and Social Development and Center for Industrial Competitiveness, University of Massachusetts Lowell