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An analysis of the determinants of labour force participation and unemployment in South Africa's North-West province


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  • Willem Naude
  • Philip Serumaga-Zake
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    This article uses a probit model to estimate the determinants of labour force participation and unemployment in South Africa's North-West province. Data from three surveys are used, namely the 1993 Saldru survey, the 1995 CSS (now Statistics SA) survey and a survey conducted in 1997 by the authors. It finds that gender, location (rural or urban), education level, and family structure and relations are significant determinants of unemployment in the province. Because the North-West is a rural province, the results are indicative of the unemployment challenges in South Africa's rural areas. Thus, unless job creation initiatives have a specific rural and gender (female) bias, rural unemployment in South Africa may not be significantly reduced.

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    Article provided by Taylor & Francis Journals in its journal Development Southern Africa.

    Volume (Year): 18 (2001)
    Issue (Month): 3 ()
    Pages: 261-278

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    Handle: RePEc:taf:deveza:v:18:y:2001:i:3:p:261-278

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    Cited by:
    1. Richard Walker, 2003. "Reservation Wages-Measurement and Determinants: Evidence from the KMP Survey," SALDRU/CSSR Working Papers 038, Southern Africa Labour and Development Research Unit, University of Cape Town.
    2. Sten Dieden, 2003. "Integration into the South African Core Economy: Household Level Covariates," SALDRU/CSSR Working Papers 054, Southern Africa Labour and Development Research Unit, University of Cape Town.


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