Journal Article

How Bad Is Unemployment in Tunisia? Assessing Labor Market Efficiency in a Developing Country

Martin Rama

in The World Bank Research Observer

Published on behalf of World Bank

Volume 13, issue 1, pages 59-77
Published in print February 1998 | ISSN: 0257-3032
Published online February 1998 | e-ISSN: 1564-6971 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/wbro/13.1.59
How Bad Is Unemployment in Tunisia? Assessing Labor Market Efficiency in a Developing Country

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Tunisia's unemployment rate has been among the highest in the world for almost two decades. This article claims that such a high rate reflects measurement problems rather than labor market inefficiency. After discussing the reasons why unemployment rates may not be comparable across countries and reviewing the tools that are available to analyze unemployment in a specific country, the article provides four pieces of evidence to substantiate its claim. Two of them relate to the criteria used in Tunisia to measure unemployment and the way these criteria have changed over time. Two use records on the number of active job seekers and vacancies as reported to the official employment agency. Together, this body of evidence suggests that unemployment has declined steadily over time and remains an issue for first-time job seekers only.

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Subjects: Development Planning and Policy

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