Informal Referrals, Employment, and Wages: Seeking Causal Relationships
Ana Maria Diaz
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LABOUR, Vol. 26, Issue 1, pp. 1-30, 2012
Employers and job seekers rely extensively on informal referrals to fill vacancies or to find a job. The widespread use of job contacts has been largely associated with labor outcomes, such as finding a job or even affecting wages. This paper explores whether the use of informal referrals on the job search process affects labor market outcomes of Colombian urban workers. Results indicate that informal referrals are slightly more successful than other job search strategies in term of job seeker's placement. However, referred workers earn in average less than their non‐referred counterparts. Yet, this is only true in formal‐sector positions.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 30
JEL Classification: J21, J24, J31, J64, O17, C26, C24Accepted Paper Series
Date posted: February 15, 2012
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