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Determinants of job search strategies: Evidence from the Khayelitsha/ Mitchell's Plan Survey

Year: 2006
Working paper number: 167
Author: Schöer, Volker
Unit: SSU
Abstract:

Over recent years, increasing attention has been paid to factors which determine the job search behaviour of the unemployed in South Africa. We provide a framework for analysing the choice of search strategies utilised by unemployed job searchers. Using a simple search model, we show that individual as well as household characteristics either constrain or facilitate the use of particular search methods. Our findings therefore illustrate that the job-seeker's choice of a particular search method is a compromise between what the job-seeker considers to be the most effective way to find job and what is actually a feasible method. This highlights the need to carefully reconsider the way in which we define and statistically evaluate the labour force participation of the South African unemployed.


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