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Title:Estimating Uganda's exportable labour using a new pro-poor index of unemployment
Author:Bakunda, GeoffreyISNI
Periodical:Eastern Africa Social Science Research Review (ISSN 1027-1775)
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic terms:Uganda
East Africa
Subjects:labour force
labour migration
Economics, Commerce
Foreign workers
Emigration and immigration--Government policy
Employment in foreign countries
External link:http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/eastern_africa_social_science_research_review/v026/26.2.bakunda.pdf
Abstract:This paper reviews recent evidence suggesting the need for many African countries to expand labour exports so as to benefit from increased remittance inflows. Export of labour has continued to be viewed as brain drain with a general lack of sufficient data on what exactly constitutes exportable labour. The paper estimates Uganda's exportable labour using a new unemployment index that draws from the model of N. Kakwani and H.H. Son (2006). It finds that Uganda's exportable labour is more than twice the current pool of Ugandan emigrants and is constituted by mainly unskilled casual workers plus the increasing number of graduate unemployed. Policy implications are drawn to harness this substantial labour resource through gainful employment abroad. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]