Policy highlights:

  • Industrial employment has been much debated. Optimists see it as an opportunity for a stable source of income and pessimists emphasize the dull work and often poor labour conditions.
  • Explorative research in Ethiopia shows that factory jobs can lead to substantial reductions in poverty and income risk and increases in health and, most importantly, subjective well-being. The latter was rated 35% higher for the treatment group compared with the control group.
  • Although the results are explorative and should be treated with caution, this research suggests that employment opportunities provided by large factories can contribute to the well-being of the poor.
Connected themes
Share this post

Related items

youth at work 2 pager
Youth @ Work: 5 pathways for change

How to address the African missing job crisis through green and digital jobs, while assuring that none is left behind? INCLUDE's recently published evidence synthesis paper series provides a number of potential solutions: they were discussed in the webinar series Youth@Work, from which we present five key insights.

Maya Turolla Profile
AERC Regional Policy Forum summary

The AERC hosted a virtual Regional Policy Forum on 28 March 2022. The forum brought together key stakeholders who play important roles in shaping new research findings, paving new policy directions, and initiating innovative practices in the areas of youth and employment.

Getting up to speed with inclusive development

The INCLUDE team’s reading list: March 2022 Every month we share with our readers a…

Identifying Economic Sectors to Create Employment for Youth in Africa: key findings from selected country cases

Growth Sectors for Youth Employment (GSYE) is an African Economic Research Consortium (AERC) collaborative research…

Getting up to speed with inclusive development

Every month we share with our readers a curated reading list on inclusive development. Here you can find the list for January 2022