Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/101901
Authors: 
Nordman, Christophe Jalil
Pasquier-Doumer, Laure
Year of Publication: 
2014
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Papers 8349
Abstract: 
This paper sheds light on the role of family networks in the dynamics of a West African labour market, i.e. in the transitions from unemployment to employment, from wage employment to self-employment, and from self-employment to wage employment. It investigates the effects of three dimensions of the family network on these transitions: its structure, the strength of ties and the resources embedded in the network. For this purpose, we use a first-hand survey conducted in Ouagadougou on a representative sample of 2000 households. Using event history data and very detailed information on family network, we estimate proportional hazard models for discrete-time data. We find that family networks have a significant effect on the dynamics of workers in the labour market and that this effect differs depending on the type of transition and the considered dimension of the family network. The network size appears to not matter much in the labour market dynamics. Strong ties however play a stabilizing role by limiting large transitions. Their negative effect on transitions is reinforced with high level of resources embedded in the network.
Subjects: 
family network
labour market dynamics
event history data
survival analysis
Burkina Faso
JEL: 
D13
J24
L14
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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