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The Adverse Impact of the Covid-19 on Labor Market in Cameroon
[L'impact négatif du Covid-19 sur le marché du travail au Cameroun]


  • Yannick Fosso Djoumessi

    (Faculty of Economics and Management, University of Dschang)

  • Fosso Yannick


This paper analyses the consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic's impacts on employment. Using data collected during a rapid survey led by the National Institute of Statistics, on a sample of 1310 respondents from April to May 2020. These data show that a large proportion of workers suffers from lower wage (68%), temporary job suspension (31.6%), and the least proportion suffers because of job loss (7.47%). As results of the logistic regression with correction for heterogeneity, the reduction in the frequency of outgoings to work, the difficulties in accessing transport services and the loss of customer confidence have a strong negative impact on both the fall in wages and the temporary job suspension. Further, the closure (total or partial) of activities has increasingly enhanced job loss during this period of the Covid19 crisis. So, it is recommended to revamp the old systems of activity in the new digital innovation that allows less physical touch and find an appropriate way to support those who permanently lost their jobs during this covid-19 pandemic.

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  • Yannick Fosso Djoumessi & Fosso Yannick, 2020. "The Adverse Impact of the Covid-19 on Labor Market in Cameroon [L'impact négatif du Covid-19 sur le marché du travail au Cameroun]," Working Papers hal-02917816, HAL.
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    Covid-19; employment; job loss; labor market; wages JEL codes: D81; J21; J31;
    All these keywords.

    JEL classification:

    • D81 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Criteria for Decision-Making under Risk and Uncertainty
    • J21 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Labor Force and Employment, Size, and Structure
    • J31 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Wages, Compensation, and Labor Costs - - - Wage Level and Structure; Wage Differentials


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