Measuring Employment [electronic resource] : Experimental Evidence from Urban Ghana / Rachel Heath.

Heath, Rachel.
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World Bank working papers.
Washington, D.C. : The World Bank, 2020.
Policy research working papers
World Bank e-Library
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1 online resource (43 p.)
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Employment and Unemployment
Interview Mode
Labor Force Participation
Labor Force Survey
Labor Markets
Labor Statistics
Phone Survey
Rural Development
Rural Labor Markets
Social Protections and Labor
Survey Design
Using a randomized survey experiment in urban Ghana, this paper demonstrates that the length of the reference period and the interview modality (in person or over the phone) affect how people respond in labor surveys, with impacts varying markedly by job type. Survey participants report significantly more self-employment spells when the reference period is shorter than the traditional one week, with the impacts concentrated among those in home-based and mobile self-employment. In contrast, there is no impact of the reference period on the incidence of wage employment. The wage employed report working fewer days and hours when confronted with a shorter reference period. Finally, interviews conducted on the phone yield lower estimates of employment, hours worked, and days worked among the self-employed who are working from home or a mobile location as compared with in-person interviews.
Mansuri, Ghazala.
Rijkers, Bob.
Seitz, William.
Sharma, Dhiraj.
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