Civil War and Labor-Market Outcomes in Sierra Leone

32 Pages Posted: 19 Jun 2020

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Mboutchouang Vincent de Paul

University of Yaounde II

Jorge Dávalos

Universidad del Pacifico

James Fomba Sandy

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Isata Mahoi

University of Sierra Leone

Jennifer Korie Chetachi

University of Maroua

Date Written: May 26, 2020

Abstract

This paper provides evidence 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.

Keywords: Conflict, Labor-market participation, Employment, wage, education

JEL Classification: N97, E24, I25

Suggested Citation

Vincent de Paul, Mboutchouang and Dávalos, Jorge and Sandy, James Fomba and Mahoi, Isata and Korie Chetachi, Jennifer, Civil War and Labor-Market Outcomes in Sierra Leone (May 26, 2020). Partnership for Economic Policy Working Paper No. 2020-09, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3631407 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3631407

Mboutchouang Vincent de Paul (Contact Author)

University of Yaounde II ( email )

1365 Yaounde
Yaounde, Center 00237
Cameroon

Jorge Dávalos

Universidad del Pacifico ( email )

Av. Salaverry 2020
Región Metropolitana
Lima 18, Santiago Lima 11
Peru

James Fomba Sandy

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Isata Mahoi

University of Sierra Leone

Jennifer Korie Chetachi

University of Maroua ( email )

Cameroon

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