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Jobs for Africa’s expanding youth cohort: a stocktaking of employment prospects and policy interventions

Gordon Betcherman () and Themrise Khan ()
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Gordon Betcherman: University of Ottawa

IZA Journal of Migration and Development, 2018, vol. 8, issue 1, 1-20

Abstract: Abstract Youth unemployment and underemployment are serious concerns in sub-Saharan Africa, especially given the region’s young population. The barriers young people face stem both from skills deficiencies and from weak fundamentals that constrain job creation more generally in the region. Employment interventions can mitigate some of these barriers. However, our stocktaking of these interventions suggests that existing programs are disproportionately focused on the formal wage sector and do not adequately reflect the reality that most young people work in agriculture, household enterprises, and self-employment and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future. Finally, better data and evaluation are needed for more effective interventions.

Keywords: Youth employment; Sub-Saharan Africa; Skills; Employment policy (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J08 J10 J21 J46 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
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