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Do recruitment ties affect wages? An analysis using matched employer-employee data from Vietnam

Anna Folke Larsen (), John Rand () and Nina Torm

No 2011/4, IFRO Working Paper from University of Copenhagen, Department of Food and Resource Economics

Abstract: This paper examines the extent to which recruitment ties affect individual wage outcomes in small and medium scale manufacturing firms. Based on a unique matched employer-employee dataset from Vietnam we find that there is a significant positive wage premium associated with obtaining a job through an informal contact, when controlling for standard determinants of wage compensation. Moreover, we show that the mechanism through which informal contacts affect wages depends on the type of recruitment tie used. The findings are robust across location, firm size categories and different worker types.

Keywords: Wages; Recruitment ties; Vietnam (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J24 J31 O53 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2011-01
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