Understanding the drivers of the youth labour market in Kenya
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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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by International Labour Organization in its series ILO Working Papers with number 485514.
Length: 31 pages
Date of creation: 2013
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Publication status: Published in ILO research paper series
youth employment; youth unemployment; labour force participation; young worker; Kenya; emploi des jeunes; chômage des jeunes; taux d'activité; jeune travailleur; Kenya; empleo de jóvenes; desempleo de jóvenes; tasa de actividad de mano de obra; joven trabajador; Kenya;
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- Veronica Escudero & Elva Lopez Mourelo, 2014. "Understanding the Drivers of the Youth Labour Market in Kenia," AIEL Series in Labour Economics, in: Dario Sciulli & Miguel Ángel Malo (ed.), Disadvantaged Workers, edition 1, chapter 10, pages 203-228 AIEL - Associazione Italiana Economisti del Lavoro.
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