The nature of unemployment among young men in urban Ethiopia

Serneels, Pieter (2007) The nature of unemployment among young men in urban Ethiopia. Review of Development Economics, 11 (1). pp. 170-186. ISSN 1363-6669

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This paper investigates the nature of unemployment among young men in urban Ethiopia and finds that it is concentrated among relatively well-educated first-time job seekers who aspire to a public sector job and spend on average close to four years in unemployment. This is consistent with a segmented labor market model where youngsters queue in unemployment for a good job, as confirmed by an empirical test of the theoretical prediction. We observe a negative (causal) relationship between household welfare and both the incidence and duration of unemployment, indicating that unemployment is concentrated among the relatively worse off urban households, which from a national perspective represent the middle classes, and find suggestive evidence that part of this effect is due to malnutrition during childhood. Job search through social networks is only effective after one has become unemployed, suggesting that networks provide insurance only after exposure to the risk.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: mid:14095 dc:ueastatus:post-print formatted dc:ueahesastaffidentifier:0711176624229
Uncontrolled Keywords: sdg 8 - decent work and economic growth ,/dk/atira/pure/sustainabledevelopmentgoals/decent_work_and_economic_growth
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences
Faculty of Social Sciences > School of International Development
Depositing User: Vishal Gautam
Date Deposited: 01 Feb 2007
Last Modified: 16 May 2023 00:50
DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-9361.2007.00389.x

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