Impact of Labour Intensive Public Works on Youth Employment and Seasonal Migration: Evidence from Ghana

24 Pages Posted: 7 Aug 2018

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Suleiman Namara

The WorldBank Group

Felix Larry Essilfie

Institute of Development and Economic Research

Christabel E Dadzie

World bank Group

Date Written: June 22, 2018

Abstract

The study uses a sample of 3,876 youths to estimate the impact of Ghana’s Labour Intensive Public Works (LIPW) program on youth employment and seasonal migration using the ‘doubly-robust’ estimator that models both the treatment assignment and the outcome variable within the same framework. The data was collected in 2015 as part of the program’s impact evaluation agenda. Our results show that the project significantly increased youth employment but was less impactful on seasonal youth migration. Thus, we recommend that the labour intensive public works program should be expanded to capture more youths to increase youth employment in the country.

Keywords: Public Works; Youth Employment; Seasonal Migration; Public Infrastructure

JEL Classification: J61, J62, J68, O22, Q35

Suggested Citation

Namara, Suleiman and Essilfie, Felix Larry and Dadzie, Christabel E, Impact of Labour Intensive Public Works on Youth Employment and Seasonal Migration: Evidence from Ghana (June 22, 2018). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3201148 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3201148

Suleiman Namara

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Felix Larry Essilfie (Contact Author)

Institute of Development and Economic Research ( email )

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University of Ghana, Legon
Accra, Greater Accra 00233
Ghana
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Christabel E Dadzie

World bank Group ( email )

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Washington, DC 20433
United States

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