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You can(’t) always get the job you want: stated versus revealed employment preferences in the Peruvian agro-industry

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  • Schuster, Monica
  • Vranken, Liesbet
  • Maertens, Miet

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Employment in high-value agro-export sectors has been recognized to entail the potential to contribute to poverty reduction in rural areas of developing countries. Concerns have yet been raised about the quality of the created employment and worker preferences have often been overlooked in the literature. We use a discrete choice experiment, in which we relate stated and revealed employment preference of agro-industrial export workers in Peru. We explain employment (mis)matches as a function of personal and employer characteristics. Results suggest that employment preferences are heterogeneous, but that labor market frictions are smaller than what is commonly expected in developing country contexts.

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  • Schuster, Monica & Vranken, Liesbet & Maertens, Miet, 2017. "You can(’t) always get the job you want: stated versus revealed employment preferences in the Peruvian agro-industry," IOB Working Papers 2017.04, Universiteit Antwerpen, Institute of Development Policy (IOB).
  • Handle: RePEc:iob:wpaper:201704
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    employment conditions; stated and revealed preferences; discrete choice experiment; horticultural exports; Peru;

    JEL classification:

    • J24 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Human Capital; Skills; Occupational Choice; Labor Productivity
    • J43 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Particular Labor Markets - - - Agricultural Labor Markets
    • J81 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Labor Standards - - - Working Conditions
    • O54 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economywide Country Studies - - - Latin America; Caribbean
    • Q17 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Agriculture - - - Agriculture in International Trade

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