Assisting job search in low-employment communities

This is a randomised control trial of three interventions that assist young job seekers in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to find permanent employment. Participants are offered one of the following interventions: a weekly transport voucher that covers the cost of travelling to the centre of the city to search for work; a series of personnel selection tests that certify the possessions of skills that employers value; an invitation to a job fair. 

These interventions are designed to ease some of the major impediments that young Ethiopians face in finding work, related to the geographical distance between residential areas and job hubs, and to the scarcity of means available for motivated job seekers to persuade potential employers of their worth. Randomised saturation will allow us to carefully study spillover and reinforcement effects through local social networks.

Stefano Caria
Departmental Lecturer in Development Economics
Girum Abebe
Ethiopian Development Research Institute
Paolo Falco
Simon Franklin
University of Oxford
Marcel Fafchamps
Stanford University
Simon Quinn
University of Oxford