Dr. Sean Dougherty is a Senior Economist in the OECD’s Economics Department. He is a specialist in development economics and international trade, and teaches economic policy courses at Sciences Po in Paris. Previously, he led the team that carried out the OECD’s annual Going for Growth benchmarking of member country economic policies, and he oversaw the extension of that exercise to cover non-member G-20 countries. He co-authored the OECD’s first economic surveys of both China and India, and has written extensively on both economies. In his roles at the OECD, he has regularly given policy advice in a broad range of areas to member governments and major emerging economies. Before joining the OECD, he worked at The Conference Board in New York City, where he covered emerging economies and carried out a study of global innovation for the US National Science Foundation. An American citizen, Dougherty holds a doctorate and master’s degree in economics from the Paris School of Economics and University of Pennsylvania, respectively, as well as a bachelor of science in engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
The costs of employment protection
30 Apr 2014
Restrictive labour laws govern the formal sector in India, whereas the informal sector is virtually unregulated. This column analyses the impact of reforms pertaining to employment
protection legislation on firm performance. It finds that, on average, labour-intensive firms in states that have transited towards more flexible labour markets are 25% more
productive than their counterparts in states with lower levels of reform.
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