Working paper

Informed Job Entry - does labour market information speed job taking in Mozambique?

High youth unemployment rates and long school-to-work transition times pose a threat to low-income countries’ sustainable growth prospects.

Using a randomized control trial experiment conducted in Mozambique, we find strong evidence that providing information on wages and unemployment reduces the time that university graduate job-seekers take to become employed, with different levels of efficacy depending on the type of information provided.

This relatively low-cost mechanism can, therefore, reduce labour market frictions at the point of entry, contributing to a quicker intake of qualified human capital into economies where it is relatively scarce.

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