The Twin Challenges of Child Labor and Youth Employment in Ethiopia

Understanding Children's Work Programme Working Paper

71 Pages Posted: 7 Mar 2011 Last revised: 13 Mar 2011

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Lorenzo Guarcello

International Labour Office

Scott Lyon

United Nations - UCW Programme

Furio C. Rosati

University of Rome Tor Vergata - Faculty of Economics

Date Written: July 1, 2006

Abstract

Ethiopia accounts for the largest youth population in Sub-Saharan Africa and the lack of employment opportunities for Ethiopian young people is among the critical developing challenges facing the country. The specific factors affecting youth employment in Ethiopia have received little research attention. There is therefore limited empirical basis for formulating policies and programs promoting youth employment and successful school to work transitions. This study is aimed at beginning to fill this gap by analyzing a set of youth employment indicators drawn primarily from the 2001 Ethiopia Labor Force Survey. The study looks specifically at the labor market outcomes of young people and key factors influencing these outcomes, including early labor market entry and human capital accumulation. It also examines the process of labor market entry, and, for those who attended school, the duration of the transition from school to work.

Keywords: youth employment, Ethiopia, transition from school to work

JEL Classification: J13, J20, N37

Suggested Citation

Guarcello, Lorenzo and Lyon, Scott and Rosati, Furio C., The Twin Challenges of Child Labor and Youth Employment in Ethiopia (July 1, 2006). Understanding Children's Work Programme Working Paper, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1780278 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1780278

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Furio C. Rosati

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