- Baseline survey of over 600 individuals;
- Several rounds of a lab-in-the-field experiments with three different referral treatments;
- Follow-up phone survey of participants
- I randomly select 17 densely populated urban neighbourhoods in Addis Ababa, where I collect baseline data on young unemployed individuals and their social networks.
- Within the selected neighbourhoods, I take a census (door-to-door solicitation) of all eligible resident individuals, where eligibility is defined as follows: Permanently living in the selected neighbourhood; between 18 and years of age; not in permanent employment or education.
- These eligible individuals are surveyed with a baseline questionnaire, including questions on personal characteristics, labour market outcomes, behavioural questions, and a detailed social network section, containing a range of questions about every other eligible individual in the neighbourhood.
- I then conduct a lab-in-the-field experiment in various locations in Addis Ababa: After the baseline survey, a random subsample from each neighbourhood is invited to a paid day job (the lab-in-the-field experiment). Lab sessions take place separate by neighbourhood
- The lab sessions consist of a work-related and quantifiable effort task. After the completion of the task, participants are randomly allocated to different work referral treatments (described above). The day job experiment is repeated over three rounds.
- A few days after participating in the lab-in-the-field experiment, participants are called by phone and asked follow-up questions on the referral decisions they made.
- Eventually, this experiment tests what influences the linking decisions between participants through the different referral treatments, and whether these social job networks are formed strategically. A particular focus will be on the role of networks centrality in referring other workers vs. correlated social characteristics of individuals. A further focus will be on reciprocity in referring (measured over the multiple rounds of the experiment) as well as permanent exclusion from the temporary day labour market opportunities I am generating.