Peer Effects in Employment Status: Evidence from Housing Lotteries for Forced Evacuees in Fukushima

39 Pages Posted: 15 Feb 2016

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Ayako Kondo

University of Tokyo - Institute of Social Science

Masahiro Shoji

Seijo University

Abstract

Does a high peer employment rate increase individual employment probability? We exploit the random assignment of temporary housing to evacuees from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant accident to identify the effect of neighbors' employment rates on an individual's probability of finding a job post-evacuation. Using unique survey data collected in 14 clusters of temporary housing 2.5 years after the accident, we find a significantly positive peer effect: a one standard deviation increase in the initial employment rate of an individual's peers makes the hazard of restarting work 1.53 times larger during the six months after housing move-in.

Keywords: peer effect, neighborhood effect

JEL Classification: J20, J64

Suggested Citation

Kondo, Ayako and Shoji, Masahiro, Peer Effects in Employment Status: Evidence from Housing Lotteries for Forced Evacuees in Fukushima. IZA Discussion Paper No. 9708. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2731971

Ayako Kondo (Contact Author)

University of Tokyo - Institute of Social Science ( email )

Hongo 7-3-1
Tokyo, TOKYO 113-0033
Japan

Masahiro Shoji

Seijo University ( email )

Seijogakuen
Setagaya-ku
Tokyo
Japan

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