Do ICTS Reduce Youth Unemployment in MENA Countries? - Economic Research Forum (ERF)

Do ICTS Reduce Youth Unemployment in MENA Countries?

Ebaidalla Mahjoub Ebaidalla


Date:
November, 2015

NO.
964

Length:
21 pages

Topic:
C2. Single Equation Models
J2. Demand and Supply of Labor

Abstract

This paper examines the impact of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) on youth unemployment in MENA countries. The study employs dynamic panel data for a sample of 17 countries, over the period 1995-2012. We investigate the effect of ICTs on total male and female youth unemployment. The empirical results show that fixed telephones and internet have a negative and significant effect on youth unemployment on both the aggregate and gendered levels. The results also show that for both aggregate and gendered levels of youth unemployment in the MENA region, the impact of mobile phones is found to be negative but not significant. The paper ends with some recommendations that aim to improve the employability of young workers in MENA countries, benefiting from the diffusion of ICT facilities in the region.

 

 

ملخص

تبحث هذه الورقة تأثير تكنولوجيا الاتصالات (تكنولوجيا المعلومات والاتصالات) والمعلومات على بطالة الشباب في بلدان المنطقة. تستخدم الدراسة بيانات مسح ديناميكي لعينة من 17 دولة، خلال الفترة 1995-2012. نقوم في هذه الورقة بدراسة تأثير تكنولوجيا المعلومات والاتصالات على بطالة الشباب. أظهرت النتائج التجريبية أن الهواتف الثابتة والإنترنت لها تأثير سلبي وكبير على بطالة الشباب على حد سواء في مجموع النوعين (ذكور واناث) والمستويات الاجتماعية في منطقة الشرق الأوسط،. تنتهي الورقة ببعض التوصيات التي تهدف إلى تحسين فرص العمل للشباب في بلدان المنطقة، مستفيدة من انتشار مرافق تكنولوجيا المعلومات والاتصالات في المنطقة

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Ebaidalla Mahjoub Ebaidalla

Assistant Professor, Faculty of Economic and Social Studies, University of Khartoum


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