Self-Employment, Capital and Job Search: Evidence from a Structural Model
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We build a structural life-cycle model of sectoral choice and entrepreneurship. Our model allows endogenous career choices, costly job search, capital accumulation and permanent heterogeneity (in both wage productivity and self-employment productivity). We estimate our model using a long panel from urban Ghana, and show that our model fits the data well. Our results imply an important role for search costs and highlights the fundamental role of capital constraints in limiting career opportunities. Our model can provide useful guidance for understanding recent empirical literature in developing countries; we illustrate this by using the model to replicate recent experiments in developing country labour markets.
Date: 18 January 2018, 16:30 (Thursday, 1st week, Hilary 2018)
Venue: Lecture Theatre
Speaker: Simon Quinn (University of Oxford)
Organising department: Department of Economics
Part of: Applied Microeconomics Seminar
Booking required?: Not required
Audience: Members of the University only
Editors: Erin Saunders, Anne Pouliquen