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Do contacts matter in the process of getting a job in Cameroon?

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  • Doko Tchatoka


  • Urbain Thierry Yogo

    (School of Economics and Finance, University of Tasmania)

We question whether the use of social networks to exit unemployment matters in Cameroon. We develop a Weibull-type duration model which allows us to address this issue in a convenient way. Our investigations indicate that there is a strong evidence of endogeneity and sample selection biases. We then propose a three-step procedure to deal with both problems. Our results show that the use of social networks to exit unemployment is effective. Furthermore, we find that the hazard monotonically increases with time. Hence, unemployment exhibits a positive duration dependence. Moreover, we provide an analysis of factors that determine labor market participation and the use of social networks. We find that the density of the west native population in the center of Cameroon and religion are the only factors that determine the use of social networks. In contrast, characteristics such as age, sex, education, association’s membership, determine labor market participation.

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Paper provided by University of Tasmania, Tasmanian School of Business and Economics in its series Working Papers with number 10652.

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Length: 22 pages
Date of creation: Feb 2011
Publication status: Published Discussion Paper. School of Economics and Finance, University of Tasmania. (Unpublished)
Handle: RePEc:tas:wpaper:10652
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