Labour

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

Time Perception and Industrialization: Divergence and Convergence of Work Ethics in Chinese Enterprises in Africa

As Chinese investors set up business operations in Africa, disagreements between Chinese and Africans regarding work attitudes have emerged.

Journal Article
1 Jun 2019

Monopsony Power in the Labour Market: Evidence from Peru

This project estimates the monopsony power held by firms across the labour market in Peru.

Research Project
1 Jun 2019

Understanding Productivity Dispersion

This project aims to collect new data from Uganda, in the hope of helping to provide an answer to the question of why some firms produce so much more output per worker than others, in developing countries.

Research Project
10 Dec 2018

The Impacts of Industrial and Entrepreneurial Work on Income and Health: Experimental Evidence from Ethiopia

Working with five Ethiopian firms, Blattman and Dercon (2018) randomized applicants to an industrial job offer, an "entrepreneurship" program of $300 plus business training, or control status.

Journal Article
1 Jul 2018

Demand-driven of Labour Law in Bangladesh

This project studies which are the effects of private actors enforcing labour standards in Bangladesh on local firms and workers.

Research Project
5 Jun 2018

Contract Employment as a Worker Discipline Device

Fixed-term contract employment has increasingly replaced regular open-ended employment as the predominant form of employment notably in developing countries. Guided by factory-level evidence showing nuanced patterns of co-movements of regular and contract wages, Basu et al.

Working Paper
1 Jun 2018

The Morale Effects of Pay Inequality

The idea that worker utility is affected by co-worker wages has potentially broad labour market implications.

Journal Article
1 May 2018

Monitoring and Intrinsic Motivation: Evidence from Liberia’s Trucking Firms

Severe information asymmetries are thought to make contracting particularly difficult within (and across) firms in developing countries.

Working Paper
19 Nov 2017

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