Working Paper 297 - Labor Markets and Jobs in West Africa
Mbaye Ahmadou Aly () and
Gueye Fatou ()
Additional contact information
Mbaye Ahmadou Aly: Université Cheikh Anta Diop, https://www.ucad.sn/
Gueye Fatou: Université Cheikh Anta Diop, https://www.ucad.sn/
Working Paper Series from African Development Bank
The labor market in West Africa poses major challenges, both in its operation, in its characteristics, and in the indicators generally used to analyze it. Almost all of its actors are informal and the majority of jobs available are self-employment, with a fairly high level of underemployment. Informal workers are often poorly paid and generally receive wages below the poverty line. In addition, they have no social security cover or pension plan, and are often exposed to dangerous tasks. Policy Responses to unemployment and underemployment include support for very small businesses, for example through targeted training for business start-up and consolidation, incubators and accelerators. These policies should also promote the non-skilled labor intensive sectors, such as light industry and processing of agricultural, horticultural and fishery products, through the establishment of suitable industrial parks.JEL classification: E24; N37; J20; J79. Keywords: Labor market participation, Africa, demand and supply of jobs, youth employment, gender and employment
References: View references in EconPapers View complete reference list from CitEc
Citations: Track citations by RSS feed
Downloads: (external link)
https://www.afdb.org/fileadmin/uploads/afdb/Docume ... t_Africa_B._docx.pdf (application/pdf)
This item may be available elsewhere in EconPapers: Search for items with the same title.
Export reference: BibTeX
RIS (EndNote, ProCite, RefMan)
Persistent link: https://EconPapers.repec.org/RePEc:adb:adbwps:2424
Access Statistics for this paper
More papers in Working Paper Series from African Development Bank 15 Avenue du Ghana P.O.Box 323-1002 Tunis-Belvedère, Tunisia. Contact information at EDIRC.
Bibliographic data for series maintained by Adeleke Oluwole Salami ().