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Job Fairs : Matching Firms and Workers in a Field Experiment in Ethiopia

Author: Girum AbebeStefano CariaMarcel FafchampsPaolo FalcoSimon FranklinAll authors
Publisher: Washington, D.C. : The World Bank, 2017.
Series: Policy research working papers.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : International government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Do matching frictions affect youth employment in developing countries? This paper studies a randomized controlled trial of job fairs in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The job fairs match firms with a representative sample of young, educated job-seekers. The meetings at the fairs create very few jobs: one for approximately 10 firms that attended. The paper explores reasons for this, and finds significant evidence for  Read more...
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Abebe, Girum
Job Fairs: Matching Firms and Workers in a Field Experiment in Ethiopia.
Washington, D.C. : The World Bank, 2017
Material Type: Document, Government publication, International government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Girum Abebe; Stefano Caria; Marcel Fafchamps; Paolo Falco; Simon Franklin; Simon Quinn; Forhad Jahan Shilpi
OCLC Number: 1003586931
Description: 1 online resource (55 pages)
Series Title: Policy research working papers.
Responsibility: Girum Abebe.

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Do matching frictions affect youth employment in developing countries? This paper studies a randomized controlled trial of job fairs in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The job fairs match firms with a representative sample of young, educated job-seekers. The meetings at the fairs create very few jobs: one for approximately 10 firms that attended. The paper explores reasons for this, and finds significant evidence for mismatched expectations: about wages, about firms' requirements, and the average quality of job-seekers. There is evidence of learning and updating of beliefs in the aftermath of the fair. This changes behavior: both workers and firms invest more in formal job search after the fairs.

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