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Nov

07

Wednesday

Job Creation and Wages in Least Developed Countries: Evidence from Sub-Saharan Africa

3.00pm

Seminars

Public

Speaker: Dr Ija Trapeznikova, Royal Holloway, University of London)

This seminar is part of the Department of Economics Seminar Series. The seminars are open to all - no registration necessary. If you would like to receive email notification of the Department’s seminars, please send your request by emailing Kim Edmunds.

Abstract

Least developed economies are characterized by poorly functioning labor markets: only a small fraction of the labor force is in paid employment, and both productivity and wages are very low. We build an integrated framework that incorporates the tools of standard search literature into a traditional two sector model of development to assess the importance of different obstacles to job creation and productivity.

Our model provides new insights in the characterization of poorly developed labor markets, such as high levels of wage dispersion, that are observed in the data. We then estimate the model using micro data for a number of countries in Sub-Saharan Africa. Our results highlight the empirical relevance of labor market frictions and their interactions with firm entry costs for job creation, productivity, wages, and wage dispersion.

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When & where

3.00pm - 4.30pmWednesday 7th November 2018

D427 Social Sciences Building City, University of London St John Street London EC1V 0HB United Kingdom