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Title:Individual, household and regional determinants of labour force attachment in South Africa: evidence from the 1997 October Household Survey
Authors:Dinkelman, TarynISNI
Pirouz, Farah
Periodical:South African Journal of Economics
Geographic term:South Africa
External link:https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1813-6982.2002.tb00048.x/pdf
Abstract:Some debate has emerged in South Africa about whether a definition of the unemployed should include only those jobless individuals who search (the 'narrowly unemployed') or extend to those who claim they want to work but are not searching (these are unemployed on the broad definition only). Since 1998, Statistics South Africa has adopted the narrow rate as the official measure of South African unemployment. As opposed to this, the present paper takes the view that several degrees of labour force attachment are more relevant for studying the supply side of the labour market than a restricted focus on the searching unemployed. It explores what motivates individuals to 'choose' a particular degree of labour force attachment and what bars them from being in certain states, given individual, household and regional characteristics. Using 1997 data, an econometric analysis rejects the idea that non-searching individuals are like people out of the labour force. Bibliogr., notes, ref. [ASC Leiden abstract]