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CEP Discussion Paper
Weather, Labor Reallocation and Industrial Production: Evidence from India
Jonathan Colmer
May 2018
Paper No' CEPDP1544:
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JEL Classification: O13; Q54; J62

Tags: labor reallocation; agricultural productivity; labor regulation; industrial production

Temperature-driven reductions in the demand for agricultural labor are associated with increases in the share of workers engaged in manufacturing, suggesting that the ability of non-agricultural sectors to absorb workers may play a key role in attenuating the economic consequences of weather-driven changes in agricultural productivity. Exploiting firm-level variation in the propensity to absorb these workers, I find that this reallocation is associated with relative expansions in manufacturing activity in exible labor market environments. Counter-factual estimates suggest that in the absence of labor reallocation the aggregate consequences of temperature increases would be up to 40% higher.