Unemployment and Youth Insertion in the Labor Market in Egypt

Hanaa Kheir-El-Din

in The Egyptian Economy

Published by American University in Cairo Press

Published in print April 2008 | ISBN: 9789774161544
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9781617970306 | DOI:
Unemployment and Youth Insertion in the Labor Market in Egypt

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Using data from the recently released Egypt Labor Market Panel Survey (ELMPS) of 2006, this chapter shows that there has been a decline in both the relative and absolute size of unemployment in Egypt in the period from 1998 to 2006. This result is puzzling to many and understandably has been met with a degree of skepticism, if not outright rejection. It thus requires some detailed scrutiny and, if confirmed, some explication. The chapter presents detailed evidence in support of a declining rate and level of unemployment in Egypt, as well as supporting evidence on the process of labor market entry for youth. It also presents what is regarded as a credible explanation for these trends on the basis of demographic, institutional, and economic arguments.

Keywords: Egyptian economy; unemployment rates; Egypt Labor Market Panel Survey; labor market entry; youth

Chapter.  11481 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Political Economy

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