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Title:How household context affects search outcomes of the unemployed in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa: a panel data analysis
Author:Dinkelman, TarynISNI
Year:2004
Periodical:South African Journal of Economics
Volume:72
Issue:3
Pages:484-521
Language:English
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:unemployment
employment
households
External link:https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1813-6982.2004.tb00123.x/pdf
Abstract:This paper applies a search theory of labour supply choices and outcomes to a subset of South African individuals in KwaZulu-Natal and shows how households mediate between these individuals and the labour market. It uses data from two waves of a household survey covering African individuals in KwaZulu-Natal between 1993 and 1998. Controlling for household-level heterogeneity using a random effects logit on panel data, the paper finds that search effort matters for search success for men as well as women. That search has a positive effect on employment probability supports the notion that labour markets are characterized by frictions of time, space and information. In South Africa, overcoming these frictions is not a trivial task for the individual, and the household plays both a supporting and constraining role in individual labour supply choices. The paper finds that households with more pensioners (especially male) and working adults may act as support nets rather than as resource providers for successful search activity. It also shows that household composition has a different influence on female labour supply choices and outcomes, compared to men, supporting the theme that households are productive units requiring different inputs from members. Bibliogr., notes, ref. [ASC Leiden abstract]
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