Youth unemployment and social protection

dc.creatorArdington, Cally
dc.creatorCase, Anne
dc.creatorMenendez, Alicia
dc.creatorBärnighausen, Till
dc.creatorLam, David
dc.creatorLeibbrandt, Murray
dc.descriptionGlobally and locally, youth unemployment is on the rise, leading the ILO to warn of a “‘scarred’generation of young people” who face low rates of employment and high rates of inactivity (ILO 2013). Policymakers and researchers are exploring ways to address the issue; within the South African context, increasing attention is being paid to social grants and their role in South Africa’s labour market. A controversial subject, grants are often criticised for weakening incentives to work and encouraging welfare dependency. An alternative view is that they have long-term benefits for human capital investment and can facilitate job search and labour migration. Research conducted by SALDRU in rural KwaZulu-Natal and metropolitan Cape Town finds no evidence that the arrival of the state old-age pension, a key social grant in South Africa, has negative labour supply effects. On the contrary, in rural areas it is found to assist unemployed men migrate and find work, provided that job-seekers have completed their high school education.
dc.identifier.ris TY - Report DA - 2015-05-28 DB - OpenUCT DP - University of Cape Town KW - Youth unemployment KW - Labour migration KW - Labour market KW - Social grants KW - CAPS KW - South Africa LK - PB - University of Cape Town PY - 2015 T1 - Youth unemployment and social protection TI - Youth unemployment and social protection UR - ER - en_ZA
dc.publisher.facultyFaculty of Commerceen_ZA
dc.publisher.institutionUniversity of Cape Town
dc.relationSALDRU Research Brief;December 2013
dc.subjectYouth unemployment
dc.subjectLabour migration
dc.subjectLabour market
dc.subjectSocial grants
dc.subjectSouth Africa
dc.titleYouth unemployment and social protection
uct.type.resourceResearch Briefen_ZA