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Is Informal Job Experience of Youth Undermining their Labor-Market Prospects in Transition Economies?

Marjan Petreski ()

Open Economies Review, 2018, vol. 29, issue 4, No 4, 768 pages

Abstract: Abstract The objective of the paper is to investigate if previous informal employment experience of youth affects later labor-market outcomes in transition economies. We consider the effects on employment, decent job and wages. Some theories suggest that previous informal job experience may extend informality later and negatively impact decent employment and wages, while others argue that informal jobs may provide training, networks and working attitudes to young workers hence improving their formal employment and wage potential. We rely on the newly-produced School to Work Transition Surveys for seven transition economies of Southeast Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States. Our results robustly suggest that early informality of youth is negative for the later labor-market outcomes. However, for the wage, there is limited evidence that the negative effect potentially turns positive for long informal job experiences. The negative effect of informal job on later outcomes is stronger for females, while any differences between the two regions of transition economies are neither systematic nor robust.

Keywords: Informal job; Employment; Decent employment; Wage; Transition economies (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: E24 J24 J64 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
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DOI: 10.1007/s11079-018-9489-9

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