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Foresight Africa: Top Priorities for the Continent in 2013

"The following briefs comprises the Foresight Africa collection and are meant to create a dialogue on what matters in Africa for 2013. John Page argues that Africa’s youth unemployment challenges encompass more than just a lack of jobs since Afric...

Do Industrial Disputes Reduce Employment? Evidence from South Africa

"This article makes two contributions. The first is to exploit an unusual dispute resolution database to provide a more nuanced and empirically based measure of industrial disputes for the labor market in South Africa. This was done by suggesting ...

Increasing Employment Opportunities : Navigating Africa’s Complex Job Market

Chapter 2 of the Foresight Africa 2017 report, explores six overarching themes that provide opportunities for Africa to overcome its obstacles and spur inclusive growth. The themes are as follows: The tipping point: The youth bulge and the sub-Sah...

Understanding Mozambique’s Growth Experience Through an Employment Lens

Remarkable progress was achieved in Mozambique, over the last 20 years in promoting macroeconomic growth and stability. Nonetheless, poverty rates remain high and labour market activity is dominated by smallholder farming. We use recent household...

The African Lions: Kenya Country Case Study

The drivers of economic growth in Kenya and the linkages to the labour market dynamics, are mainly analyzed in this paper, with a focus on population growth, its structure, and the prospects of reaping a demographic dividend. This is in recognitio...

Understanding the African Lions - Growth Traps and Opportunities in Six Dominant African Economies Understanding Ghana's Growth Success Story and Job Creation Challenges

Ghana has a status as one of the Lions of the African continent. This which is linked to the country’s remarkable growth performance, which culminated in the attainment of lower middle-income status. However, employment response to growth has bee...

Demographic Employment and Wage Trends in South Africa

Over the past two decades, the economic growth in South Africa has been driven primarily by the services sector; namely the financial and business services sector, construction, and to some extent wholesale and retail trade. The drivers for employ...

Ethiopia — an Agrarian Economy in Transition

Rapid economic growth was experienced in Ethiopia since 2005. Real gross domestic product (GDP) grew at an average rate of 10.5 per cent per annum for the period between 2004–05 and 2013–14. Important contributions to GDP growth were made with pub...

Understanding the African Lions - Growth Traps and Opportunities in Six Dominant African Economies - Understanding the Relationship between Growth and Employment in Nigeria

The relationship between growth and employment in Nigeria is examined in this study in order to gain insights into the country’s paradox of high economic growth alongside rising poverty and inequality. The methodology adopted is the Shapley decomp...

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