Study finds transport subsidy and a job application workshop have positive effects on youth employment in Addis Abeba – Surprising?

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9-12-2016

Around six international scholars have conducted a research on youth employment in Addis Abeba, Ethiopia and have come with this finding “A transport subsidy and a job application workshop were both found to have significant positive effects on youth employment.” How surprising is such a finding? Does it require such a team of international researchers to find this out? Weren’t there similar research works elsewhere to be extended in Addis Abeba?

The abstract of the report conducted by senior scholars from the U.K., U.S. and Ethiopia concludes:

Youth unemployment is a growing problem around the world, particularly in urban areas. This column assesses the impact of labour market interventions in Addis Ababa targeting two issues commonly faced by unemployed youth: job search costs and a poor ability to signal their skills. A transport subsidy and a job application workshop were both found to have significant positive effects on youth employment, pointing to the important role policymakers can play in helping young people find satisfying employment.

The report can be read in detail HERE.