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Youth and Jobs in Rural Africa: Beyond Stylized Facts

Valerie Mueller and James Thurlow


Theories underlying the relationship between urbanization and transformation are being challenged by trends in Sub-Saharan African countries, since many have yet to observe their own “green” or industrial revolutions, despite moderate urbanization. Africa’s trajectory is very different than those of other developing regions, a main reason for which is the region’s significant “youth bulge” and the lack of a labor market outlet for this growing subpopulation. In many countries, the youth are driving the (albeit slow) movement out of agriculture, yet rather than migrating to urban areas, many ar ... More

Keywords: Youth, employment, migration, structural transformation, national policies, political participation, Sub-Saharan Africa

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780198848059
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198848059.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Valerie Mueller, editor
Assistant Professor, School of Politics and Global Studies, Arizona State University, USA

James Thurlow, editor
Senior Research Fellow, Development Strategy and Governance Division, International Food Policy Research Institute

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1 Africa’s Rural Youth in the Global Context

Valerie Mueller, James Thurlow, Gracie Rosenbach, and Ian Masias

Part I Thematic Trends on Youth Employment

3 Policies for Youth Employment in Sub-Saharan Africa

David Schwebel, Elisenda Estruch, Peter Wobst, and Ileana Grandelis1

Part II Case Studies on the Role of Youth Employment in Structural Transformation

5 Rural Youth and Employment in Ethiopia

Emily Schmidt and Firew Bekele Woldeyes

6 Change and Rigidity in Youth Employment Patterns in Malawi

Todd Benson, Alvina Erman, and Bob Baulch

7 Cities and Rural Transformation

Xinshen Diao, Peixun Fang, Eduardo Magalhaes, Stefan Pahl, and Jed Silver

8 Rural Nonfarm Enterprises in Tanzania’s Economic Transformation

Xinshen Diao, Eduardo Magalhaes, and Margaret McMillan1

9 Youth Mobility and its Role in Structural Transformation in Senegal

Elisenda Estruch, Lisa Van Dijck, David Schwebel, and Josee Randriamamonjy

10 Conclusion

Valerie Mueller, Gracie Rosenbach, and James Thurlow

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