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Employment Exposure: Employment and Wage Effects in Urban Malawi

Susan Godlonton

Economic Development and Cultural Change, 2020, vol. 68, issue 2, 471 - 506

Abstract: Labor earnings are critical to exiting poverty; thus, understanding the returns to the determinants of wage growth is important. We examine one important driver of wage growth: acquired work experience, using an experiment that randomized probabilistic job offers to estimate the employment and wage effects of short-term jobs among young men in a low-income urban setting. The results suggest large returns even among relatively well-educated yet still underemployed individuals. Returns are largest among those scoring poorly on a literacy and numeracy test. Suggestive evidence points to exposure to a broader social job network as a likely driver for the returns.

Date: 2020
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