WP 13/161 - Do Industrial Disputes Reduce Employment? Evidence from South Africa

Haroon Bhorat, Elne Jacobs and Carlene van der Westhuizen

Date of Publication: 
December 2013

Theory predicts that an increase in employment protection may reduce employment levels by acting as a tax on firms by constraining hiring and firing decisions. We use a unique administrative database of the country’s dispute resolution body – the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) – to create a nuanced and empirically based measure of employment protection for the labour market in South Africa.

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