Job referrals and strategic network formation: Experimental evidence from urban neighbourhoods in Ethiopia

This project poses the question: Do unemployed individuals use their job referral opportunities to strengthen their position in a geographically restricted social network? In particular, the project looks at whether there is reciprocity in the job referral process among individuals from the same geographic area. In addition, the laboratory experiment will be able to shed more light on whether there is persistency in exclusion from these (temporary) labour market opportunities. In general, it will be possible to observe how local networks evolve after an laboratory intervention that activates the field context via job referrals.

Outputs

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    How social networks shape local labour markets: Evidence from Ethiopia

    In Addis Ababa, a large proportion of young people find temporary and informal jobs with the help of their social contacts – people who often live in the same neighbourhood as them. This study examines how the social networks in urban neighbourhoods shape the structure of the local labour markets and what the implications for productivity are, with the help of a...

    7 Jan 2019 | Simon Quinn, Marc Witte