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Basu, Arnab

Works: 37 works in 104 publications in 2 languages and 800 library holdings
Genres: Conference papers and proceedings 
Roles: Author, Thesis advisor, Editor
Classifications: HF5413, 658.802
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New frontiers in environmental and social labeling by Ulrike Grote( Book )
18 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in English and held by 153 libraries worldwide
The attractiveness of product labeling stems from their voluntary nature to achieve environmental and social goals. Also, labeling of products has become the preferred instrument for solving high profile trade disputes amongst WTO members. This volume provides a look at labeling and its relation to the governance of global trade
Turning a blind eye costly enforcement, credible commitment and minimum wage laws by Arnab Basu( file )
10 editions published between 2005 and 2007 in English and held by 32 libraries worldwide
A theory of employment guarantees contestability, credibility and distributional concerns by Arnab Basu( file )
7 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in English and held by 25 libraries worldwide
Economic Reform, Informal-Formal Sector Linkages and Intervention in the Informal Sector in Developing Countries: A Paradox by Hassan Arvin-Rad( Computer File )
3 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 16 libraries worldwide
Within a general equilibrium framework of a developing economy with a foreign owned factor of production, this paper questions whether the informal-formal sector relationship is pro-cyclical/ complementary - expansion or contraction in one necessarily implies an expansion or contraction in the other - when the informal sector is subject to a technological shock. We derive a necessary and sufficient condition under which a positive shock to the informal sector results in a contraction in both the size of the urban formal sector and the informal sector. Thus, although our result shows that the informal-formal sector relationship is pro-cyclical, it nevertheless calls into question the conventional wisdom on the benefits of intervention in the informal sector of developing economies, particularly where multinational corporations sub-contract certain labor intensive stages of production to the informal sector
Impact of Rural Employment Guarantee Schemes on Seasonal Labor Markets: Optimum Compensation and Workers' Welfare by Arnab Basu( file )
3 editions published in 2011 in English and German and held by 16 libraries worldwide
The recent enactment of the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act in India has been widely hailed a policy that provides a safety net for the rural poor with the potential to boost rural income, stabilize agricultural production and reduce rural-urban migration. This paper, models the impact of such employment guarantee schemes in the context of an agrarian economy characterized by lean season involuntary unemployment as a consequence of tied-labor contracts. Specifically, we examine labor and output market responses to a productive rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (EGS) and determine the optimal compensation to public work employees consistent with the objectives of (i) productive efficiency in agriculture and (ii) welfare maximization of the laborers. Our framework provides a theoretical framework for the evaluation of a number of (sometimes) conflicting observations and empirical results on the impact of an EGS on agricultural wages, employment and output, and underscores the importance of the relative productivity of workers in the EGS program vis--̉vis their counterparts engaged in agricultural production in determining the success of these programs
Tax Evasion, Minimum Wage Non-Compliance and Informality by Arnab Basu( file )
3 editions published in 2011 in English and German and held by 16 libraries worldwide
We study the impact of tax and minimum wage reforms on the incidence of informality. To gauge the incidence of informality, we use measures of the extent of tax evasion, the extent of minimum wage non-compliance, and the size of the informal workforce. Our approach allows us to examine (i) the distinction between determinants of firm-level reported wage distribution and actual wage distribution, (ii) the complementarity of tax and minimum wage enforcement, (iii) the impact that a minimum wage reform has on tax and minimum wage compliance, and (iv) the impact that a tax policy reform has on tax and minimum wage compliance. We conclude with the design of optimal minimum wage and tax policies (even in the complete absence of minimum wage enforcement). We do so based on two objectives derived from popular concerns associated with an unchecked expansion of informality: tax revenue maximization, and poverty alleviation among workers. -- tax evasion ; minimum wage reform ; flat tax reform ; poverty ; informality
On export rivalry and the greening of agriculture : the role of eco-labels by Arnab Basu( Book )
7 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 15 libraries worldwide
Contractual dualism, market power and informality by Arnab Basu( Book )
6 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 13 libraries worldwide
Two stylized representations are often found in the academic and policy literature on informality and formality in developing countries. The first is that the informal (or unregulated) sector is more competitive than the formal (or regulated) sector. The second is that contract enforcement is easier in the formal sector than in the informal sector, precisely because the formal sector comes under the purview of state regulation. The basic contention of this paper is that these two representations are not compatible with each other. We develop a search-theoretic model of contractual dualism in the labor market where the inability to commit to contracts in the informal sector leads to employer market power in equilibrium, while an enforced minimum wage in the formal sector provides employers with a commitment technology but which reduces their market power in equilibrium. The contributions of this paper are three-fold. It (i) provides the micro-underpinnings for endogenous determination of employer market power in the formal and informal sectors due to contractual dualism in the two sectors, (ii) offers a unified and coherent setup whereby a host of salient features of developing country labor markets can be explained together, and (iii) places the original Stiglerian prescription of the optimal (unemployment minimizing) minimum wage in the broader context of labor markets where formal job creation is costly, and where formal employment, informal employment, and unemployment co-exist. -- contractual dualism ; wage dualism ; employer market power ; informality
Child labor and the international policy debate : the education/child labor trade off and the consequences of trade sanctions by Ulrike Grote( Book )
7 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 10 libraries worldwide
The international debate and economic consequences of eco-labeling by Ulrike Grote( Book )
5 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 10 libraries worldwide
A risk-based rationale for two-way capital flows : why do capital flights and inward foreign direct investments co-exist? by Arnab Basu( Book )
2 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 8 libraries worldwide
Guaranteed manufactured without child labor by Arnab Basu( Book )
1 edition published in 2000 in English and held by 6 libraries worldwide
Job creation in a multi-sector labor market model for developing economies by Arnab Basu( Book )
4 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 3 libraries worldwide
This paper proposes an overlapping generations multi-sector model of the labor market for developing countries with three heterogeneities - heterogeneity within self-employment, heterogeneity in ability, and heterogeneity in age. We revisit an iconic paradox in a class of multi-sector labor market models in which the creation of high-wage employment exacerbates unemployment. Our richer setting allows for generational differences in the motivations for job search to be reflected in two distinct inverted U-shaped relationships between unemployment and high-wage employment, one for youth and a different one for adults. In turn, the relationship between overall unemployment and high-wage employment is shown to be non-monotonic and multi-peaked. The model also sheds light on the implications of increasing high-wage employment on self-employed workers, who make up most of the world's poor. Non-monotonicity in unemployment notwithstanding, increasing high-wage employment has an unambiguous positive impact on high-paying self-employment, and an unambiguous negative impact on free-entry (low-wage) self-employment
Disentangling the wage impacts of offshoring on a developing country theory and policy by Subhayu Bandyopadhyay( file )
2 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 3 libraries worldwide
The various channels through which a reduction in the cost of offshoring can improve wages in a developed country are by now well understood. But does a similar reduction in the offshoring cost also benefit workers in the world's factories in developing countries? Using a parsimonious two-country model of offshoring we find very nuanced results. These include cases where wages monotonically improve or worsen as well as those where wages exhibit an inverted U-shaped relationship in response to parametric reductions in the cost of offshoring. We identify qualitative conditions under which wages and welfare increase or decrease in the developing world as a result of a reduction in offshoring costs. Since global welfare always rises with an improvement in offshoring technology, we find that there is a role for a wage tax or a minimum wage in the developing country. We derive the optimal levels of such policies
Targeting child labor in debt bondage : evidence, theory and policy implications by Arnab Basu( Book )
2 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 3 libraries worldwide
Label performance and the willingness to pay for fair trade coffee : a cross-national perspective ( Computer File )
1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 2 libraries worldwide
In this paper we investigate how label information detailing the performance of the Fair Trade labeling program with respect to coffee affect consumers' willingness to pay in the United States and in Germany. We provide respondents (University students in the U.S and Germany) information regarding hypothetical benefits of the Fair Trade Coffee program on its intended beneficiaries on the production side (the revenue gains to participating marginal farmers (scope of the program)), and using stated preference conjoint methods test how this performance criterion relates to the willingness to pay for Fair Trade Coffee. Our empirical results identify a "threshold" property of performance-based labels. In effect, the willingness-to-pay for performance-based Fair Trade labeled coffee exhibits an inverted-U shape in the sense that the willingness to pay is positively related to the scope of the program, but only up to a critical level. Thereafter, the willingness to pay declines as the income gains to participating growers increases further. Interestingly, this inverted-U property is exhibited by both the U.S. and German respondents with different critical thresholds
Chinese Labor Earnings, Economic Sectors, And Individual Characteristics From 2010 To 2012 by Yu Shen( Book )
1 edition published in 2016 in English and held by 2 libraries worldwide
This thesis investigates first, whether Chinese labor earnings increased, and if there was an overall increase, whether each laborer enjoyed the same increase from 2010 to 2012; second, what the relationship between the growth and inequality in labor earnings of each economic sector and the growth and inequality in overall labor earnings was; third, how employment in economic sectors and demographic factors affected the mobility and inequality in individual labor earnings
A theory of employment guarantees : contestability, credibility, and distributional concerns ( Computer File )
1 edition published in 2006 in English and held by 2 libraries worldwide
The elusive productivity effect of trade liberalization in the manufacturing industries of emerging economies by Berhanu Abegaz( Computer File )
1 edition published in 2010 in English and held by 2 libraries worldwide
Using a model that admits variable returns and imperfect competition, we investigate the impact on total factor productivity of trade liberalization in six emerging economies. Regressions based on panel data for 28 three-digit manufacturing industries show that productivity growth is insensitive to tariff reduction. These results are at variance with country-specific studies which, using firm-level data, generally find a positive association between liberalization and productivity growth. While aggregation effects may matter, our results can also be explained thusly: significant productivity gains by latecomers via technological assimilation do take time and require appropriate sequencing of reforms of trade and industrial policies
Pricing, distribution and adoption of genetically modified seeds under alternative information regimes ( Computer File )
1 edition published in 2007 in English and held by 2 libraries worldwide
This paper considers genetically modified (GM) seed adoption decisions by farmers in a developing country under two alternative information regimes (with and without perfect information regarding production conditions) that allows the monopolist producer of GM seeds to either practice perfect discrimination or uniform pricing. Under each regime we analyze two scenarios: when the government can and cannot credibly commit to the announced form of welfare enhancing intervention in the domestic seed market. We show that the optimal policy under either information regime is to subsidize the price of conventional seeds. The optimal size of the conventional seed subsidy depends systematically, in turn, on the (i) marginal cost of GM and conventional seeds, (ii) price of chemical pesticides, (iii) degree to which GM seeds increase productivity, (iv) range of pest pressure among farmers, and (v) intensity of seed usage (GM and conventional). Nonetheless, our findings pinpoint time-inconsistency of government policies as a possible reason for sub-optimal coverage of GM seeds in developing countries
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Basu, A. K.
Basu, Annab K.
Basu, Arnab
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