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Career Crisis? Impacts of Financial Shock on the Entry-Level Labor Market: Evidence from Thailand

  • Machikita, Tomohiro

We utilize Thailand's the financial crisis in 1997 as a natural experiment which exogenously shifts labor demand. Convincing evidence from the Thailand Labor Force Survey support the hypothesis that both employment opportunities and wages shrunk for new entrants after the crisis. We find that workers who entered before the crisis experienced job losses and wage losses. But these losses were smaller than those of new entrants after the crisis. We also find that new entrants after the crisis experienced a 10% reduction in the overtime wages compared to new entrants before the crisis.

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Paper provided by Institute of Developing Economies, Japan External Trade Organization(JETRO) in its series IDE Discussion Papers with number 83.

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Date of creation: Dec 2006
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Publication status: Published in IDE Discussion Paper. No. 83. 2006.12
Handle: RePEc:jet:dpaper:dpaper83
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