Youth and Employment in Sub-Saharan Africa: Working but Poor

1st Edition

Hiroyuki Hino, Gustav Ranis

Routledge
Published May 20, 2014
Reference - 410 Pages - 57 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9780415859387 - CAT# Y152288
Series: Routledge Studies in Development Economics

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Summary

It is widely acknowledged that youth unemployment is one of the most critical challenges facing countries in Sub-Saharan Africa. This volume brings together an eminent group of international scholars to analyse the extent and complex nature of this joblessness, and offer a set of evidence-based policy choices that could contribute to solving the problem in the short- and long-run.

Part I reviews the existing literature on youth unemployment and underemployment in Sub-Saharan Africa from microeconomic and macroeconomic perspectives, while Part II goes on to present detailed country studies of Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya and South Africa. These studies offer a deep understanding of the situation on the ground and consider country-specific solutions.

Throughout the book it is argued that the standard ILO definition of unemployment is too narrow to correctly portray employment situations in Sub-Saharan Africa. Several alternative measures of unemployment are presented, which show that joblessness is far more pervasive than commonly assumed in the literature.

This volume will be of interest to academics and policy makers involved in African development.

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