Migrant Networks and Job Search: Evidence from Thailand

41 Pages Posted: 27 Aug 2014 Last revised: 11 Mar 2016

Eik Swee

University of Melbourne

Date Written: May 5, 2014


Social networks may be important to internal migrants in developing countries where the extent of information asymmetry is sizeable. This paper identifies network effects among rural-urban migrants in Thailand by exploiting heterogeneous response to rainfall shocks as exogenous variation affecting network size. While networks substantially reduce the duration of job search, in this case they tend to direct migrants towards agricultural (rather than non-agricultural) jobs because the local average treatment effects estimator identifies what happens to employment outcomes when the agricultural part of the network increases.

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Swee, Eik, Migrant Networks and Job Search: Evidence from Thailand (May 5, 2014). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2487197 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2487197

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