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Unemployment in South Africa: The Nature of the Beast

Kingdon, GG; Knight, J; (2004) Unemployment in South Africa: The Nature of the Beast. World Development , 32 (3) pp. 391-408. 10.1016/j.worlddev.2003.10.005. Green open access

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Abstract

Unemployment in South Africa is so widespread that it demands an explanation. This paper examines a central question about South African unemployment. Why do the unemployed not enter the informal sector, as is common in other developing countries? The data do not support the idea that unemployment is largely voluntary. The policy implications––that government should diminish labor market segmentation and the obstacles to entering the productive informal sector––may be relevant also to other developing countries with high unemployment.

Type: Article
Title: Unemployment in South Africa: The Nature of the Beast
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1016/j.worlddev.2003.10.005
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.worlddev.2003.10.005
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: unemployment, informal sector, reservation wages, South Africa, Africa
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10050315
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