Labor Mobility, Economic Shocks, and Jobless Growth: Evidence from Panel Data in Morocco

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Paolo Verme

World Bank Group; University of Turin - Department of Economics

Abdoul Gadiry Barry

World Bank

Jamal Guennouni

High Commission for the Plan of Morocco - Department of Statistics

Mohamed Taamouti

High Commission for the Plan of Morocco - Department of Statistics

Date Written: March 1, 2014

Abstract

During the past 20 years, Morocco has implemented a wide range of macroeconomic, social, and labor market reforms that have delivered in terms of growth of gross domestic product and household welfare. Yet, these positive developments are not reflected by the main labor market indicators, a phenomenon observed elsewhere in developed and developing economies alike and labeled as "jobless growth." For the first time for Morocco, this paper uses quarterly panel data to investigate the question of labor mobility in an effort to determine whether people have moved to better sectors and jobs. The results point to significant labor mobility between labor statuses with quite distinct features across population groups. All groups experience some form of labor market mobility every quarter and women are as mobile as men. However, the transitions that women experience are very different from the transitions than men experience and women's performance is worse than men?s performance in almost all aspects of labor mobility.

Keywords: Labor Markets, Population Policies, Labor Policies, Housing & Human Habitats, Markets and Market Access

Suggested Citation

Verme, Paolo and Barry, Abdoul Gadiry and Guennouni, Jamal and Taamouti, Mohamed, Labor Mobility, Economic Shocks, and Jobless Growth: Evidence from Panel Data in Morocco (March 1, 2014). World Bank Policy Research Working Paper No. 6795, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2404645

Paolo Verme (Contact Author)

World Bank Group ( email )

Washington, DC 20433
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University of Turin - Department of Economics ( email )

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Torino, 10124
Italy

Abdoul Gadiry Barry

World Bank

1818 H Street, NW
Washington, DC 20433
United States

Jamal Guennouni

High Commission for the Plan of Morocco - Department of Statistics

Rabat
Morocco

Mohamed Taamouti

High Commission for the Plan of Morocco - Department of Statistics

Rabat
Morocco

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