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Can employment build peace? A pseudo-meta-analysis of employment programmes in Africa

Neil Ferguson (), Eleonora Nillesen and Tilman Brück

Economics Letters, 2019, vol. 180, issue C, 99-101

Abstract: We examine an implicit theory of change in multiple strands of development programming — that a desired outcome can be brought about by programming typologies that aim to spur development in another area. In what we call a “pseudo-meta-analysis” across five African countries, we link the location of employment programmes to stability-related outcomes. While we show some positive impacts, specifically on fear of crime, these outcomes are far from universal. We conclude that there are some grounds for optimism but more case-studies are required at the programmatic level.

Keywords: Employment; Peacebuilding; Externalities; Employment for peace; Africa; Meta-analysis (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: O1 I25 O12 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2019
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DOI: 10.1016/j.econlet.2019.03.033

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