Jeremy Magruder's Research

My research studies employment and unemployment in developing countries, where labor markets are characterized by low formal sector employment, high levels of informal employment and entrepreneurship (which often exhibits low levels of productivity), and high levels of structural unemployment. 

My work has focused on three aspects of employment in this setting.  The first is how the unemployed find work, and what aspects of job search may help or hurt different unemployed people.  The second is what labor market policies influence labor demand, which affects the number of unemployed who will be able to find work.  The third is understanding the factors which push firms and workers into long run success or back into unemployment.

For a more detailed summary of my research agenda, please see my Research Statement

Working Papers:

Can Network Theory-based Targeting Increase Technology Adoption? (with Lori Beaman, Ariel BenYishay, and A. Mushfiq Mobarak)
Do Job Networks Disadvantage Women? Evidence from a Recruitment Experiment in Malawi (with Lori Beaman and Niall Keleher)

Labor Market Changes in Response to Immigration: Evidence from Internal Migration Driven by Weather Shocks
(with Marieke Kleemans)

Published and Accepted Papers:

Minding Small Change: Limited Attention Among Small Firms in Kenya (with Lori Beaman and Jonathan Robinson) (2014) Journal of Development Economics, vol 108 pp 69-86

                Changeout Survey Instrument

Can Minimum Wages Cause a Big Push? Evidence from Indonesia  (2013).  Journal of Development Economics,  vol 100(1) pp 48-62

Minimum Wages Big Push Appendix
Who gets the Job Referral? Evidence from a Social Networks Experiment (with Lori Beaman) (2012). The American Economic Review, vol 102(7) pp 3574-93.

Kolkata Networks Appendix

Learning from the Crowd: Regression Discontinuity Estimates of the Effects of an Online Review Database (with Michael Anderson) (2012), The Economic Journal, vol 122(563) pp 957-89           

High Unemployment Yet Few Small Firms: The Role of Centralized Bargaining in South Africa (2012). AEJ: Applied Economics,  vol 4(3) pp 138-66.

Centralized Bargaining Model Appendix

Marital Shopping and Epidemic AIDS (2011).  Demography, vol 48(4) pp. 1401-1428.

Marital Shopping Web Appendix

Intergenerational Networks, Unemployment, and Persistent Inequality in South Africa (2010).  AEJ: Applied Economics, vol 2(1) pp 62-85.

Web Appendix: Intergenerational Networks

“Exploring Attrition Bias: The Case of the Khayelitsha Panel Study (2000- 2004)” (with Nicoli Nattrass) (2006). The South African Journal of Economics, vol 74(4) pp. 769-781.