Urban Labor Markets in Sub-Saharan Africa (Africa Development Forum)

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Although labor is usually the unique asset upon which poor people can make a living, little is known about the functioning of labor markets in Sub-Saharan Africa. The purpose of this volume is to contribute to the building of knowledge in this area. In this book, the authors use a unique set of identical and simultaneous labor force surveys conducted in seven capitals of Western Africa, as well as in some other African countries (Cameroon, Madagascar, Democratic Republic of Congo) in the 2000s. They present innovative and original results on how people are faring in these labour markets, using up-to-date econometric and statistical methods. Because so little is known about labor markets in the region, each chapter starts with detailed descriptive statistics that aim to shed light onto specific aspects of African urban labor markets. Comparisons between the ten cities are systematically carried out. Descriptive sections are followed by in-depth analyses on various issues.

The book is divided into four parts that examine 13 topics. Part I presents the main stylised facts, which are investigated further in a more analytical way throughout the volume. Part II focuses on job quality and labor market conditions, such as unemployment and underemployment, vulnerability, and job satisfaction. Part III explores the many dimensions of labor market inequalities through various lenses, such as returns on education, segmentation, life-cycle inequality (with a particular focus on old age), inter-generational mobility, time related inequality, and gender and ethnic earnings discrimination. Part IV addresses some key coping mechanisms and private responses, with a focus on migration and child labor. The book concludes with recommendations for future research.

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'Urban employment will play a key role in the years to come in a region where demographic growth and accelerating urbanization threaten to interrupt the reduction in poverty that is underway. This book provides an in-depth examination of the functioning of urban labor markets in Sub-Saharan Africa, looking in particular at the crucial question of informality. Relying on detailed microeconomic data from several French-speaking urban centers, it makes an innovative and fundamental contribution to the understanding of development in Africa.' --François Bourguignon, Director, Paris School of Economics

'This volume is a valuable resource for information on labor markets in the cities of Francophone Sub-Saharan Africa. Researchers interested in this part of the world will find much to learn about these ten countries.' --Gary Fields, John P. Windmuller Professor of International and Comparative Labor, Professor of Economics, Cornell University

'The '1-2-3 surveys' are a remarkable source of information on urban labor markets in Africa. Focusing on major cities in Francophone Africa, they provide, for the first time, systematic and rigorous data to address issues such as informality and regulation, and more generally, employment policies for a rapidly urbanizing Africa. This excellent volume brings together a range of studies that illuminate the reality of labor markets in urban Africa and that begin exploration of policy options for employment-focused poverty reduction. It will be of interest to scholars and policy makers alike.' --Ravi Kanbur, T.H. Lee Professor of World Affairs, International Professor of Applied Economics and Management, Cornell University

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