Working Papers

Job Quality and Labor Productivity in Peru

CODE: WP-691
AUTHOR(s): Chacaltana, Juan , Yamada, Gustavo
PUBLISHED: September 2009
RELATED TOPICS: Poverty Reduction and Labor


The Peruvian economy presently has only a limited capacity to create high-quality jobs because of low levels of labor productivity. The first part of this paper analyzes data from the period of 2000-2006 and finds little growth in labor productivity and in levels of high-quality jobs. The second part of the paper examines firms in two sectors that are notable for their ability to create jobs, asparagus production and hotels, identifying three factors that have had the greatest positive effects on productivity. In the case of asparagus production, those factors are access to finance, training of workers and relations with suppliers and middlemen. In the case of hotels, those factors are the training of workers, room prices and the training of managers.

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