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YOUTH EMPLOYMENT IN AFRICA: NEW EVIDENCE AND POLICIES FROM SWAZILAND

Zuzana Brixiov?? () and Thierry Kangoye ()
Authors registered in the RePEc Author Service: Zuzana Brixiová ()

No wp1052, William Davidson Institute Working Papers Series from William Davidson Institute at the University of Michigan

Abstract: Drawing on the 2007 and 2010 Swaziland Labor Force Surveys, this paper provides first systematic evidence on recent youth employment challenges in Swaziland, a small, land-locked, middle-income country with one of the highest youth unemployment rates in Africa. The paper first documents the various labor market disadvantages faced by the Swazi youth, such as high unemployment and discouragement, and how they changed from 2007 to 2010. A multinomial logit regression analysis is then carried out to analyze the socio-economic drivers of the unfavorable youth labor market outcomes on the supply side. Since many of the factors that can unlock the employment potential of the Swazi youth are on the demand side of the labor market, the paper examines the barriers to job creation and youth entrepreneurship. It concludes with experiences of other countries that could inform design of more effective interventions for youth employment in Swaziland.

Keywords: youth employment and entrepreneurship; multivariate analysis; policies; Africa (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J11 J08 L26 O11 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-afr, nep-ent and nep-lab
Date: 2013-06-01
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Chapter: Youth Unemployment in Africa: New Evidence and Policies from Swaziland (2014) Downloads
Working Paper: Youth Employment in Africa: New Evidence and Policies from Swaziland (2013) Downloads
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