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Unemployment and Household formation


  • Ebrahim, Amina
  • Woolard, Ingrid

    () (SALDRU, School of Economics, University of Cape Town)

  • Leibbrandt, Murray

    () (SALDRU, School of Economics, University of Cape Town)


In comparison to other continents, Africa has received little scholarly attention with regard to household composition. Household composition is endogenous to a variety of welfare issues and little is understood about the determinants of this composition. Understanding the household composition and formation decision may improve our understanding of how the unemployed gain access to resources and how household composition could provide a safety net to the unemployed. However, increasingly, more work is surfacing around the topic in South Africa.

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  • Ebrahim, Amina & Woolard, Ingrid & Leibbrandt, Murray, 2013. "Unemployment and Household formation," SALDRU Working Papers 126, Southern Africa Labour and Development Research Unit, University of Cape Town.
  • Handle: RePEc:ldr:wpaper:126

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    1. Ivan Turok & Josh Budlender & Justin Visagie, 2017. "The Role of Informal Urban Settlements in Upward Mobility," Working Papers 201701, University of Cape Town, Development Policy Research Unit.

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    household composition; unemployment; South Africa; National Income Dynamics Study; NIDS;

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