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Title:Youth and employment in Sub-Saharan Africa: working but poor
Editors:Hino, HiroyukiISNI
Ranis, GustavISNI
Series:Routledge studies in development economics (ISSN 1359-7884)
City of publisher:London
ISBN:0415859387; 9780415859387; 0203798937; 9780203798935
Geographic terms:Subsaharan Africa
South Africa
Subjects:youth unemployment
labour market
employment creation
labour policy
Abstract:This book is a collection of papers that the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) commissioned as background papers for its report on youth unemployment in Africa, intended for presentation to the Fifth Tokyo International Conference on African Development held during 1-3 June, 2013, in Yokohama, Japan. It examines the true extent and complex nature of joblessness among the youth in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) and offers a set of evidence-based policy choices that could be expected to contribute to addressing the problem in the short- and long-run. Part I reviews the existing literature on youth unemployment and underemployment in Sub-Saharan Africa from microeconomic and macroeconomic perspectives, while Part II presents detailed country studies of Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya and South Africa. The book shows that the essence of joblessness in SSA has to do with low productivity and low employability (human capital). Solutions will require a holistic approach combining macroeconomic strategies, interventions to raise productivity and quality of work, public health (especially during early childhood), and education, in addition to conventional labour market measures. Areas where further research is promising are indicated. [ASC Leiden abstract]