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The Egyptian EconomyCurrent Challenges and Future Prospects$
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Hanaa Kheir-El-Din

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9789774161544

Published to Cairo Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5743/cairo/9789774161544.001.0001

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Unemployment and Youth Insertion in the Labor Market in Egypt

Unemployment and Youth Insertion in the Labor Market in Egypt

(p.133) Chapter 5 Unemployment and Youth Insertion in the Labor Market in Egypt
The Egyptian Economy

Hanaa Kheir-El-Din

American University in Cairo Press

Using data from the recently released Egypt Labor Market Panel Survey (ELMPS) of 2006, this chapter shows that there has been a decline in both the relative and absolute size of unemployment in Egypt in the period from 1998 to 2006. This result is puzzling to many and understandably has been met with a degree of skepticism, if not outright rejection. It thus requires some detailed scrutiny and, if confirmed, some explication. The chapter presents detailed evidence in support of a declining rate and level of unemployment in Egypt, as well as supporting evidence on the process of labor market entry for youth. It also presents what is regarded as a credible explanation for these trends on the basis of demographic, institutional, and economic arguments.

Keywords:   Egyptian economy, unemployment rates, Egypt Labor Market Panel Survey, labor market entry, youth

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