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Health and Labour Market Participation in Uganda

The paucity of non-agricultural paid employment, and under utilization of female labour in Uganda, and other sub-Saharan African countries, is often seen to be the next major obstacle to further poverty reduction and development in the region. Despite this there have been few empirical investigations that examine the key determinants of labour market participation for the region. By using nationally representative household data from Uganda this paper identifies some of the key supply side determinants of participation. Here we instrument for self-reported health and find that conditional on participation ill health lowers the likelihood of being in the formal labour market. In addition and perhaps more worryingly, these negative effects are stronger for women than men.
Publisher:
UNU-WIDER
Series:
WIDER Discussion Paper
Volume:
2008/07
Title:
Health and Labour Market Participation in Uganda
Authors:
Sarah Bridges and David Lawson
Publication date:
November 2008
ISBN 13 Print:
9789292301552
ISBN 13 Web:
9789292301569
Copyright holder:
© UNU-WIDER
Copyright year:
2008
Keywords:
labour market participation, health, fertility, gender, Uganda
JEL:
D13, J22
Project:
Health Inequalities and Development
Sponsor:
The governments of Denmark (Royal Ministry of Foreign Affairs), Finland (Ministry for Foreign Affairs), Norway (Royal Ministry of Foreign Affairs), Sweden (Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency — Sida) and the United Kingdom (Department for International Development).
Format:
online and printed copies
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