Do Employers in Myanmar Prefer Workers Who Accumulated Skills in More Advanced Countries? Evidence from a Field Experiment

Saw Htay Wah
2015 Social Science Research Network  
I conducted an audit study in Yangon, Myanmar, to examine the effects of foreign labor market experience on employment outcomes in the Myanmar labor market focusing on three skilled occupation groups-software developer, accountant, and engineer-which combined account for more than 80% of all professional and technical job openings. I find heterogeneous effects by employer type (local, foreigner), occupation (software developer, accountant, engineer), and foreign country where such experience
more » ... such experience was accumulated (Singapore, Malaysia). In particular, I find a large and significant effect for software developers who accumulated experience in Singapore and no significant effect for the same experience accumulated in Malaysia; the Singapore effect is mainly due to foreign employers operating in Myanmar. In contrast, I find no significant effects of foreign experience for accountants and engineers. This is true for both the Singapore and Malaysia experiences, as well as for local and foreign employers. JEL Classification: O15, J01, F22
doi:10.2139/ssrn.2714123 fatcat:2sb4mdrxdzacfl3wpl747yf2my