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Newsletter: From Evidence to Action

Youth unemployment in South Africa: causes and counter-measures

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Research reports & papers
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Budlende, J
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South Africa is currently struggling with large unemployment amongst the youth. The National Development Plan has identified a number of policy interventions to improve youth employment. This paper will argue that one of the NDP’s more controversial policies, that of a youth wage subsidy, is a worthwhile policy and should be implemented, but with a regulated dismissal period. It will also argue that the government should encourage the growth of the South African informal sector.