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Poverty, networks and location: the determinants of job-search in South Africa

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  • Timothy Hinks

    (University of Bath, Bath, UK)

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Previous work into the decision to search or not for work when unemployed has found that local unemployment rates, education level and social networks are important in the case of South Africa. This paper introduces a number of additional variables in order to test what other factors are associated with this decision. It is found that previous work experience, job security of the households employed members, whether there is a state pensioner in the unemployed person's household, poverty and proximity to public transport are all connected to the decision to varying degrees. Copyright © 2007 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

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Article provided by John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. in its journal Journal of International Development.

Volume (Year): 20 (2008)
Issue (Month): 2 ()
Pages: 117-131

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Handle: RePEc:wly:jintdv:v:20:y:2008:i:2:p:117-131

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