Strategies of the unemployed in South Africa: Does moving allow the unemployed to get ahead?

 

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dc.creator Ebrahim, Amina
dc.creator Leibbrandt, Murray
dc.creator Woolard, Ingrid
dc.date 2015-10-08T12:55:38Z
dc.date 2015-10-08T12:55:38Z
dc.date 2015-10
dc.date.accessioned 2017-06-06T10:55:51Z
dc.date.available 2017-06-06T10:55:51Z
dc.date.issued 2017-06-06
dc.identifier Ebrahim, A., Leibbrandt, M., Woolard, I. (2015). Strategies of the unemployed in South Africa: Does moving allow the unemployed to get ahead?. A Southern Africa Labour and Development Research Unit Working Paper Number 157 Cape Town: SALDRU, University of Cape Town
dc.identifier 978-1-928281-18-4
dc.identifier http://hdl.handle.net/11090/790
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11090/790
dc.description This paper examines the survival strategies of the unemployed using the balanced panel of the first three waves of the National Income Dynamics Study. We find that in response to unemployment and almost no unemployment insurance, unemployed individuals look to parents, relatives and friends for economic support. They are more likely to attach themselves to household that have some income through an employed member or in receive of state support. In many cases the unemployed delay setting up their own households while others move back into family households when faced with persistent unemployment. We use a probit model to show that the unemployed who move are more likely to be employed in a successive wave. The effect of moving on employment status remains significant and positive when we take into account household and individual characteristics. Moving allows the unemployed to get ahead.
dc.description Amina Ebrahim: PhD student in SALDRU, the School of Economics, University of Cape Town Murray Leibbrandt: The DST/NRF Research Chair in Poverty and Inequality Research, the Director of SALDRU and a Principal Investigator on the National Income Dynamics Study. Ingrid Woolard: Professor in the School of Economics, a Research Associate in SALDRU, a Principal Investigator on the National Income Dynamics Study.
dc.description Amina Ebrahim acknowledges Master’s Scholarship funding from an NRF Grand Challenges Grant to SALDRU for work on South Africa’s Unfolding Human and Social Dynamics. Murray Leibbrandt acknowledges the Research Chairs Initiative of the Department of Science and Technology and National Research Foundation for funding his work as the Research Chair in Poverty and Inequality.
dc.language en
dc.relation Saldru Working Paper;157
dc.subject Unemployment
dc.subject National Income Dynamics Study
dc.subject South Africa
dc.title Strategies of the unemployed in South Africa: Does moving allow the unemployed to get ahead?
dc.type Working Paper en_ZA
uct.type.publication Research en_ZA
uct.type.resource Working Paper en_ZA
dc.publisher.institution University of Cape Town
dc.publisher.faculty Faculty of Commerce en_ZA
dc.publisher.department SALDRU en_ZA


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