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Type Working Paper
Title Early Labour Market Transitions of Women in Low-Income African Countries: A Descriptive Analysis of Education Outcomes, Fertility Decisions and Labour Market Outcomes of Youths in Kenya
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Publication (Day/Month/Year) 2016
URL http://awiafrica.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/Kenya-GROW-Descriptive-Paper_-FINAL-Oct-2016_am.pdf
Abstract
In this paper, we present a descriptive analysis of education, fertility/marriage, and labour market outcomes of youths aged 6 to 25 years in Kenya. The analysis is based on the Kenya Demographic and Health Survey for 2003 and 2008/9 as well as the 2005/6 Kenya Integrated Household Budget Survey. The analysis suggests that women generally have less favourable education outcomes (attendance and attainment) relative to men irrespective of age, area of residence, and wealth status. On the other hand, women from rural areas and poor households have more unfavourable education, fertility/marriage, and labour market outcomes compared with their counterparts from urban areas and wealthier households. Additionally, women from rural areas and poor households are more likely to drop out of school early, get married early, have children at a younger age, and bear more children than their urban and richer counterparts. Moreover, women from rural areas and/or poor households are more likely to show less favourable labour market outcomes compared with men in similar circumstances. The analysis in this paper sets the stage for further analytical and qualitative work seeking to investigate the links between education outcomes, fertility/marriage, and labour market outcomes among the Kenyan youth.

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