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School of Business and Management

Cross-border environmental regulation and firm labor demand

When: Wednesday, November 24, 2021, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Where: Online, Zoom

The Centre for Globalisation Research (CGR), Research Seminar will take place on Wednesday 24th November, from 1pm-2pm Zoom.

The seminar will be hosted by Dr Georg Graevenitz (School of Business and Management, Queen Mary University of London).

Dr Chirantan Chatterjee, will present a seminar on ‘Cross-border environmental regulation and firm labor demand’.

Abstract: In 1994, due to environmental concerns, Germany banned a chemical called `Azo-dyes', a primary input for the leather and textiles firms in India (a key exporter).

Exploiting this as a quasi-natural experiment, we examine the effects of this cross-border regulatory change on labor compensation, particularly managerial, for both Indian upstream (dye-producing) and downstream (leather and textile) firms. We find that the regulation increased compensation of managers by 3.7-18% in dye-producing firms compared to other chemical _rms. This is due to the combination of changes such as investing in R&D and product churning, due to the ban, which led to this change in within firm labor composition. This increase in overall compensation is driven only by fixed component (wages), consistent with the effects of a long-run shock. We find no such effects for downstream firms. We believe, our study is one of the first to show that just like tariff, non-tariff barriers (NTBs) can also significantly affect within firm labor composition.

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