Labour

Expectations, Wage Hikes, and Worker Voice

Hirschman's (1970) seminal thesis that enabling worker "voice" prevents exit from the employment relationship has played a foundational role in labor economics.

Working Paper
7 May 2020

Whistleblowing Mechanisms for Employer Misbehavior: Evidence from the Bangladeshi Garments Sector

This project examines how the design and introduction of a whistleblower system affect information transmission by employees and misconduct by employers.

Research Project
12 Feb 2020

Multinational enforcement of labor law: Experimental evidence from Bangladesh’s apparel sector

Western stakeholders are increasingly demanding that multinationals sourcing from developing countries be accountable for labor rights and working conditions upstream in their supply chains.

Working Paper
22 Jan 2020

The Agricultural Wage Gap: Evidence from Brazilian Micro-data

A key feature of developing economies is that wages in agriculture are below those of other sectors.

Journal Article
1 Jan 2020

Bottom-Up Idea Generation: Evidence from the Bangladeshi Garment Industry

In this project, Schreiber sets up suggestion boxes for 1,600 workers in a Bangladeshi garment factory and tests the efficacy of two cross-randomized voice-enhancing managerial interventions through an RCT.

Research Project
1 Dec 2019

Wage Fariness in a Subcontracted Labor Market

Labor market subcontracting is a global phenomenon. Basu et al.

Journal Article
1 Dec 2019

Selection and Impact of Modern Industrial Employment: Evidence from a Field Experiment in Chinese Factory in Tanzania

This project aims to understand workers’ selfselection and firm’s screening on potential employees, as well as the impact of being employed at a large, modern manufacturing factory on the workers.

Research Project
1 Nov 2019

Social Networks and Search Frictions in Day Labour Markets

In South Asia, three quarters of ultra-poor households report casual labour as the dominant form of income. In urban areas, short-term construction jobs are found through social connections or by going to a “labour stand”, essentially an intersection where low-skilled labourers wait each morning for employers looking to hire for a day or two.

Research Project
1 Oct 2019

A Labour Markets Research Agenda through a Job Matching Platform

This project will study the effects of actual and threatened skills audits on applicants’ skill reporting decisions, applicants’ skill investment decisions, firms’ hiring decisions, and firm-applicant match quality.

Research Project
1 Oct 2019

Understanding Team Composition and Productivity in Factories

This project examines workers and team leaders working in garment factories in Pakistan to understand what characteristics are correlated with productivity and whether the search for and composition of teams is efficient.

Research Project
1 Jul 2019

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