Stefano Caria

Stefano is an Associate Professor of Economics, University of Warwick. He uses experimental and structural methods to investigate how to make labour markets more inclusive and more efficient. More information on his work can be found on his personal website.

Content by Stefano Caria
  • Publication - Working Paper

    The determinants and implications of worker turnover in a nascent industry

    In this paper we analyse the determinants of turnover in the Ethiopian garment industry. We find suggestive evidence that turnover is costly for both workers and firms. To increase turnover we conduct a pilot field experiment. We compare the effect of a retention bonus schemes and an unconditional bonus payment on worker retention. Surprisingly, we find no statistically...

    1 Jun 2021 | Girum Abebe, Stefano Caria, Stefan Dercon, Lukas Hensel

  • Publication - Working Paper

    The rental market in an industrialising city: Working paper

    In this paper we present new descriptive evidence from a unique survey of landlords carried out in the industrialising city of Hawassa, Ethiopia. In 2017, Hawassa saw the creation of a large industrial park employing today over 20,000 workers. We show that the rental market appears to be fairly competitive: most of the rental housing is offered by private landlords who own...

    18 May 2021 | Girum Abebe, Stefano Caria, Stefan Dercon

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    The rental market in an industrialising city

    A key policy objective of the Ethiopian government is to accelerate industrialisation through the creation of several industrial parks across the country. An ongoing IGC project in Hawassa Industrial Park shows the role of housing shortages and rental prices in triggering worker absenteeism and turnover. We conduct quantitative surveys to explore the housing market...

    18 May 2021 | Stefan Dercon, Stefano Caria, Nicolas Lippolis

  • Project

    Industrialisation and urbanisation

    Ethiopia is a fast-growing low-income country with an expanding manufacturing sector. A key policy objective of the government of Ethiopia is to accelerate industrialisation through the creation of several industrial parks across the country. The parks are designed to offer high-quality government services and infrastructure (including a reliable energy supply), access to a...

    29 Nov 2019 | Stefano Caria, Stefan Dercon, Girum Abebe, Nicolas Lippolis

  • Publications Reader Item

    Filling the gap: How information can help jobseekers

    29 Jan 2019

  • Publication - Growth Brief

    Filling the gap: How information can help jobseekers

    This Growth Brief presents new evidence on interventions that target gaps in labour market information. It finds interventions that certify skills are particularly effective at helping jobseekers secure higher-paying jobs.

    29 Jan 2019 | Stefano Caria, Theres Lessing

  • Project

    Understanding Industrial Parks

    Ethiopia has recently launched an ambitious programme of industrialisation. The government of this fast-growing, densely populated country hopes to attract foreign investment in its brand-new industrial parks by offering a large workforce, competitive wages, cheap electricity and good infrastructure. Several garment factories have already started production in the...

    18 Jan 2018 | Stefano Caria, Simon Quinn, Stefan Dercon

  • Publication - Working Paper

    Curse of anonymity or tyranny of distance? (Working paper)

    18 Aug 2016 | Girum Abebe, Stefano Caria, Marcel Fafchamps, Paolo Falco, Simon Franklin, Simon Quinn

  • Blog post

    Curse of anonymity or tyranny of distance? The impacts of job-search support in urban Ethiopia

    Urban jobs are key drivers of economic growth in developing countries. Finding ways to connect and match young and skilled workers with better jobs remains a key policy challenge. In Ethiopia, experiments with training and transport subsidies show great promise. Unemployment is high among young people in Africa, especially in urban areas. While many young people come to...

    21 Jul 2016 | Simon Franklin, Stefano Caria

  • Project

    Do managers use financial incentives effectively? Evidence from a field experiment in urban Ethiopia

    Firms in developing countries find it hard to recruit adequately skilled workers, and to motivate and retain them (World Bank, 2013; IGC, 2014). Yet, recent evidence suggests that many firms do not use standard financial rewards to attract high quality workers and increase their performance (Bloom et al., 2010; Fafchamps and Woodruff, 2014). Are financial rewards too costly...

    16 Dec 2015 | Simon Quinn, Stefano Caria, Girum Abebe

  • Project

    Assisting Job Search in Low-Employment Communities

    In Africa, where young people often struggle to find good jobs, the cost of searching for jobs and lack of information can prevent businesses from matching up successfully with young job-seekers. A randomised evaluation of two job-search programmes for young people in Addis Ababa aimed to address this problem. Findings suggest that young job-seekers who attend...

    5 Sep 2014 | Simon Quinn, Girum Abebe, Stefano Caria, Paolo Falco, Simon Franklin