Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/80697
Authors: 
Brixiova, Zuzana
Kangoye, Thierry
Year of Publication: 
2013
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Paper 7467
Abstract: 
Drawing on the 2007 and 2010 Swaziland Labor Force Surveys, this paper provides first systematic evidence on recent youth employment challenges in Swaziland, a small, land-locked, middle-income country with one of the highest youth unemployment rates in Africa. The paper first documents the various labor market disadvantages faced by the Swazi youth, such as high unemployment and discouragement, and how they changed from 2007 to 2010. A multinomial logit regression analysis is then carried out to analyze the socio-economic drivers of the unfavorable youth labor market outcomes on the supply side. Since many of the factors that can unlock the employment potential of the Swazi youth are on the demand side of the labor market, the paper examines the barriers to job creation and youth entrepreneurship. It concludes with experiences of other countries that could inform design of more effective interventions for youth employment in Swaziland.
Subjects: 
youth employment and entrepreneurship
multivariate analysis
policies
Africa
JEL: 
J11
J08
L26
O11
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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