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The twin challenges of child labor and youth employment in Ethiopia (English)

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.


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    Guarcello, L., Lyon, S., Rosati, F.C.

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    The twin challenges of child labor and youth employment in Ethiopia

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    young people;child labor;youth;transition from school to work;Labor Market;youth employment;school to work transition;residence country;micro and small enterprise development;lack of employment opportunities;lack of employment opportunity;selection model;labor force participation rate;fight against child labor;primary gross enrollment ratio;secondary gross enrollment ratio;labor market entry;labor market outcome;urban youth;local labor market;human capital accumulation;human capital level;urban labor market;age range;youth population;rural area;rural youth;working life;purchasing power parity;involvement in education;total labor force;rapid population growth;per capita income;people with disability;education sector development;contributing family workers;complete primary education;wages and salary;labor market success;household survival strategy;official poverty line;primary school enrollment;unpaid family worker;labor force composition;public sector wage;terms of education;composition of employment;gross enrollment rate;universal primary enrollment;disparities between girls;



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Guarcello, L. Lyon, S. Rosati, F.C.

The twin challenges of child labor and youth employment in Ethiopia (English). Understanding Children's Work Project working paper series Washington, D.C. : World Bank Group.