Referral and job performance: evidence from the Ghana colonial army

Fafchamps, Marcel and Moradi, Alexander (2015) Referral and job performance: evidence from the Ghana colonial army. Economic Development and Cultural Change, 63 (4). pp. 715-751. ISSN 0013-0079

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Using data compiled from army archives, we test whether the referral system in use in the British colonial army in Ghana served to improve the unobserved quality of new recruits. We find that it did not. If anything, referred recruits were more likely to desert and be dismissed as inefficient or unfit. We find instead evidence of referee opportunism. Army recruiters may have been aware of this problem by insisting that referred recruits have better observed characteristics.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: University of Sussex Business School > Business and Management
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HC Economic history and conditions > HC0079 Special topics, A-Z
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labour
Depositing User: Alexander Moradi
Date Deposited: 25 Apr 2016 09:01
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2019 20:36

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