The Composition of Labor Supply and Unemployment in Tunisia - Economic Research Forum (ERF)

This paper examines labor supply in Tunisia in relation to key demographic characteristics such as age, sex, educational attainment, and residence. It also reviews unemployment in Tunisia over time and examines its demographic and educational patterns. The analysis is primarily based on data from the first wave of the Tunisia Labor Market Panel Survey carried out in 2014 (TLMPS 2014), but also uses data from the Tunisian National Survey of Population and Employment (ENPE) and other sources to examine the evolution of labor supply and unemployment over time. We identify important developments in the labor market relating to the youth bulge and the explosive growth of educational attainment in Tunisia in recent years.


تبحث هذه الورقة عرض العمالة في تونس فيما يتعلق بالخصائص الديموغرافية الرئيسية مثل العمر والنوع والتحصيل التعليمي والإقامة. كما تستعرض البطالة في تونس مع مرور الوقت، وتفحص أنماطها الديموغرافية والتعليمية. ويستند التحليل في المقام الأول إلى بيانات من الموجة الأولى من المسح التتبعي لسوق العمل التونسي الذي أجري في عام 2014، ولكنه يستخدم أيضا بيانات من المسح الوطني التونسي للسكان والعمالة ومصادر أخرى لدراسة التطور من عرض العمالة والبطالة مع مرور الوقت. نحدد التطورات الهامة في سوق العمل فيما يتعلق بطفرة الشباب والنمو الهائل للتحصيل العلمي في تونس في السنوات الأخيرة

Research Fellows

Ragui Assaad

Professor of Planning and Public Affairs, University of Minnesota

Research Fellows

Samir Ghazouani

Full Professor of Econometrics, High Institute of Accounting & Business Administration (ISCAE, Manouba, Tunisia)


Caroline Krafft

Assistant Professor of economics at St. Catherine University



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