New evidence on subjective well-being and the definition of unemployment in South Africa

dc.creatorLloyd, Neil
dc.creatorLeibbrandt, Murray
dc.date2014-06-04T13:05:30Z
dc.date2014-06-04T13:05:30Z
dc.date2014
dc.date.accessioned2015-05-28T10:06:37Z
dc.date.available2015-05-28T10:06:37Z
dc.date.issued2015-05-28
dc.descriptionAccess to new nationally representative, individual-level panel data from South Africa has allowed for the revalidation of Kingdon and Knight's discussion on the definition of unemployment. This paper investigates subjective well-being as a measure of comparison between labour-market statuses. It finds that on the grounds of subjective well-being the non-searching unemployed (or ‘discouraged’) are significantly worse-off than the not economically active. Moreover, evidence suggests that, with regard to the relationship between life satisfaction and labour-market status, the non-searching unemployed consistently are the worst-off. This is especially true of both the young and senior non-searching unemployed; however, the findings are largely driven by the African subsample. This paper does not advocate for a change in the official definition of unemployment but does advocate for the inclusion and recognition of the non-searching unemployed in policy relating to labour and development in South Africa.
dc.identifierLloyd, N. & Leibbrandt, M. (2014). New evidence on subjective well-being and the definition of unemployment in South Africa, Development Southern Africa, 31(1): 85-105.
dc.identifierhttp://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/0376835X.2013.864513#.U48ZBvnoQ24
dc.identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/11090/705
dc.identifier.ris TY - Journal Article DA - 2015-05-28 DB - OpenUCT DP - University of Cape Town KW - NIDS KW - Panel data analysis KW - Unemployment KW - Labour markets KW - Discouraged workers KW - Non-searching unemployed KW - Subjective well-being LK - https://open.uct.ac.za PB - University of Cape Town PY - 2015 T1 - New evidence on subjective well-being and the definition of unemployment in South Africa TI - New evidence on subjective well-being and the definition of unemployment in South Africa UR - http://hdl.handle.net/11090/705 ER - en_ZA
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/11090/705
dc.languageen
dc.publisherDevelopment Southern Africa
dc.publisher.departmentSALDRUen_ZA
dc.publisher.facultyFaculty of Commerceen_ZA
dc.publisher.institutionUniversity of Cape Town
dc.subjectNIDS
dc.subjectPanel data analysis
dc.subjectUnemployment
dc.subjectLabour markets
dc.subjectDiscouraged workers
dc.subjectNon-searching unemployed
dc.subjectSubjective well-being
dc.titleNew evidence on subjective well-being and the definition of unemployment in South Africa
dc.typeJournal Article
uct.type.publicationResearchen_ZA
uct.type.resourceArticleen_ZA
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