Understanding the Drivers of the Youth Labour Market in Kenia
In: Disadvantaged Workers
AbstractThis article identifies the macro and microeconomic determinants of youth unemployment and inactivity rates. It finds that although the size of the youth cohort does have significant implications for the status of youth in the labour market, aggregate labour market conditions have a greater influence. The article also finds a large gap between the youth and the overall employment elasticities in the country. This implies that fostering economic growth and ensuring economic sustainability, important as these factors are, will not be sufficient to address youth challenges. Efforts will need to be focused on improving the youth employment content of growth. In this regard, results from the microeconometric analysis find that boosting tertiary school attendance and providing targeted vocational training to young people (particularly women) would be the most effective measures for improving youth employability in the country.
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- Escudero, Verónica & López Mourelo, Elva, 2013. "Understanding the drivers of the youth labour market in Kenya," ILO Working Papers 485514, International Labour Organization.
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