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How the old age pension is helping young people from rural areas find jobs

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How the old age pension is helping young people from rural areas find jobs

31st July 2014

By: Econ3x3

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It is important to know whether a social grant such as the old age pension eases financial constraints in rural areas, thereby allowing young men to migrate to urban areas for work – or whether these grants encourage idleness and dependency. This study finds no evidence of the latter. Instead, for young rural males there is an increase in their chances of migrating and finding work when a member of the household starts receiving the pension. Notably, these effects are only present for young men with at least a matric.

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Written by Cally Ardington, Associate Professor, SALDRU, University of Cape Town; and Clare Hofmeyr, Researcher, SALDRU, University of Cape Town 

This article was first published on the Econ3x3 website – Accessible policy-relevant research and expert commentaries on unemployment and employment, income distribution and inclusive growth in South Africa.

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