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Labour market effects of digital matching platforms: Experimental evidence from sub-Saharan Africa

Sam Jones and Kunal Sen

No wp-2022-69, WIDER Working Paper Series from World Institute for Development Economic Research (UNU-WIDER)

Abstract: Can digital labour market platforms reduce search frictions in either formal or informal labour markets? We study this question using a randomized experiment embedded in a tracer study of the work transitions of graduates from technical and vocational colleges in Mozambique. We implement an encouragement design, inviting graduates by SMS to join one of two local digital platforms: Biscate , a site to find freelancers for informal manual tasks; and Emprego , a conventional formal jobs website.

Keywords: Digital labour platforms; Job search; Search frictions; Unemployment; Mozambique; Labour market outcomes (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2022
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