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Occupational choice in early industrializing societies: Experimental evidence on the income and health effects of industrial and entrepreneurial work

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As low-income countries industrialize, workers choose between informal self-employment and low-skill manufacturing. What do workers trade off, and what are the long run impacts of this occupational choice? Self-employment is thought to be volatile and risky, but to provide autonomy and flexibility. Industrial firms are criticized for poor wages and working conditions, but they could offer steady hours among other advantages. We worked with five Ethiopian industrial firms to randomize entry-le...

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10.3386/w22683

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Institution:
University of Oxford
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Social Sciences Division
Department:
Blavatnik School of Government
Oxford college:
Jesus College
Aspen ANDE group More from this funder
International Growth Center More from this funder
U.K. Department for International Development More from this funder
Templeton Foundation More from this funder
Vanguard Charitable Trust More from this funder
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National Bureau of Economic Research Publisher's website
Publication date:
2016-10-05
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pubs:679168
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uri:2caf91e5-0a07-4125-ac1a-4d494b4af256
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uuid:2caf91e5-0a07-4125-ac1a-4d494b4af256
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pubs:679168

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