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Do recruitment ties affect wages? An analysis using matched employer-employee data from Vietnam

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  • Anna Folke Larsen

    (Department of Economics, University of Copenhagen)

  • John Rand

    (Institute of Food and Resource Economics, University of Copenhagen)

  • Nina Torm

    (Department of Economics, University of Copenhagen)

Abstract

This paper examines the extent to which recruitment ties affect individual wage outcomes in small and medium scale manufacturing firms. Based on a unique matched employer-employee dataset from Vietnam we find that there is a significant positive wage premium associated with obtaining a job through an informal contact, when controlling for standard determinants of wage compensation. Moreover, we show that the mechanism through which informal contacts affect wages depends on the type of recruitment tie used. The findings are robust across location, firm size categories and different worker types.

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  • Anna Folke Larsen & John Rand & Nina Torm, 2011. "Do recruitment ties affect wages? An analysis using matched employer-employee data from Vietnam," IFRO Working Paper 2011/4, University of Copenhagen, Department of Food and Resource Economics.
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    Keywords

    Wages; Recruitment ties; Vietnam;
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    JEL classification:

    • J24 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Human Capital; Skills; Occupational Choice; Labor Productivity
    • J31 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Wages, Compensation, and Labor Costs - - - Wage Level and Structure; Wage Differentials
    • O53 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economywide Country Studies - - - Asia including Middle East

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