Civil war and labor-market outcomes in Sierra Leone

Mboutchouang Vincent de Paul, Jorge Dávalos, James Fomba Sandy, Isata Mahoi, Jennifer Korie Chetachi

Research output: Working paper

Abstract

This paper provides evidences of the lasting effects conflict exposure during different stages of life on the long-term labor-market outcomes of civilians in Sierra Leone. We took advantage of variations in time and location of the conflict and used a combination of data from the Sierra Leone Integrated Household Survey (2011) and various other data related to human-rights violations and loss of assets during war. Our results suggest a negative effect of conflict exposure during primary school age on long-term labor-market participation and employment. More precisely, exposure during this stage of life can reduce participation in the labor market or employment by up to 3%. The study also established the negative impact of conflict exposure from utero stage through primary-school age on hourly wages.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherPartnership for Economic Policy
Number of pages28
DOIs
StatePublished - 20 Jun 2020

Publication series

NamePartnership for Economic Policy Working Paper
No.2020-09

Keywords

  • Conflict
  • Labor-market participation
  • Employment
  • Wage
  • Education

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