In 2016, 13 people were killed in a building fire at a karaoke bar in Hanoi's commercial district (PHOTO: TRT World and Agencies)
DCID faculty affiliate Edmund (Eddy) Malesky has coauthored a study that examines how consultation with businesses when it comes to government regulations in developing countries can actually improve compliance (and ultimately worker safety). The study, written with Rutgers business professor Markus Taussig, was published in American Political Science Review in May. Malesky and Taussig measured the impact of a pilot project with Vietnam's Chamber of Commerce, in which that entity engaged representatives of the business community in Hanoi to collect feedback on draft regulation related to worker safety. The findings showed that soliciting feedback in this way appeared to make firms see government as more legitimate, and thus would make the firms more likely to comply with the regulations.
Citation: MALESKY, E., & TAUSSIG, M. (2019). Participation, Government Legitimacy, and Regulatory Compliance in Emerging Economies: A Firm-Level Field Experiment in Vietnam. American Political Science Review, 113(2), 530-551. doi:10.1017/S0003055418000849