A Matter of Life and Death in South Africa

by Don Boudreaux on June 28, 2008

in Current Affairs, Regulation, Work

Here’s Karol in The Guardian, explaining how unnecessary — and often deadly — conflict is sparked by labor-market regulations.  The setting for this sad story is South Africa.  Here’s Karol’s conclusion:

Making the labour market more flexible would actually benefit the poorest citizens. If it were less expensive to hire and fire workers, and if the regulatory costs of compliance with labour laws were lower, the formal sector in South Africa would employ more people. And if more jobs were created in the formal sector, people would feel less threatened by immigrants who have filled South Africa’s townships.

Employment policy reforms are not only necessary in South Africa, they are a matter of life and death.


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