Youth in Africa's Labor Market

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  • Copyright: 2008-04-15
  • Publisher: World Bank

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The authors examine the challenges facing Africa's youth in their transition from school to working life, and propose a strategy for meeting these challenges. Topics covered include the effect of education on employment and income, broadening employment opportunities, and enhancing youth capabilities. Labor is the most abundant asset of poor households in Africa. Developing this asset is therefore essential to helping households move out of poverty. Strengthening the work force can also improve the investment climate, increase economic growth, and prevent instability and violence, particularly in postconflict situations, where large numbers of unemployed youth threaten security.

Table of Contents

Youth in Africa's Labor Market: A Synthesisp. 1
Why Is It Important for Africa to Invest in Its Youth?p. 3
Transitions to Working Life for Africa's Youthp. 15
How Do Africa's Young People Spend Their Time?p. 27
The Effect of Education on Income and Employmentp. 39
Working in Bad Jobs or Not Working at Allp. 49
The Three Pillars of Policy: Lessons from International Experiencep. 67
Youth in Africa's Labor Market: Country Case Studiesp. 107
School-to-Work Transitions: Regional Overviewp. 109
What Determines Labor Market Participation by Youth in Burkina Faso?p. 149
Child Labor and Youth Employment in Ethiopiap. 181
Youth in the Labor Market and the Transition from School to Work in Tanzaniap. 225
How Did Universal Primary Education Affect Returns to Education and Labor Market Participation in Uganda?p. 263
Indexp. 281
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