Community electrification and labour market development

Type Journal Article
Title Community electrification and labour market development
Publication (Day/Month/Year) 2008
Does community electrification change labour markets? This paper identifies the effects of community electrification on the earnings, labour market participation, occupations, and indus-try of employment of the first generation of individuals to grow up in electrified communities.Community and household-level data from Guatemala is combined to identify these effects. Itis found that individuals whose communities are electrified before age ten have much higher earnings, and lower probabilities of working in unskilled occupations or agriculture, than do individuals who have begun their working lives before the advent of community electricity.Community electrification causes labour market diversification

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