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Webinar Recording: Is everything we thought about job creation wrong?

Posted By Genevieve Edens, Aspen Institute, Wednesday, June 21, 2017

More Sweatshops for Africa?  
A Discussion of Research and Practitioner Responses

Much of work that the small and growing business sector does is based on the assumption that as small firms grow, they will create jobs that can lift people out of poverty, grow the middle class, and drive broad economic growth. However, there is relatively little research on the ways that the jobs that SGBs offer to low-skill workers might impact employees' income and overall well-being.  

This webinar will focus on recent research from Chris Blattman and Stefan Dercon that addresses this question: Occupational Choice in Early Industrializing Societies: Experimental Evidence on the Income and Health Effects of Industrial and Entrepreneurial Work

This evaluation focused on five firms in Ethiopia, and found that despite our expectations, low-skilled workers offered a job were not better off than the group who did not receive an offer.   In addition, retention at the firms was extremely low -- over 75% of workers quit within a year.  What are the implications of this research for the small and growing business sector?  

VIew the webinar recording to hear Chris Blattman (University of Chicago) and Leslie Johnston (C&A Foundation) discuss this research and what this means for practitioners focused on job creation, job quality, and small and growing businesses.  

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