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Migration, Labor Market, and Demographic Dynamics in Sub-Saharan Africa

  • 2008-2012
  • Project
Kuépié, Mathias, CEPS; DIAL

Study: ʺMigration, Labor Market, and Demographic Dynamics in Sub-Saharan Africa (MIMADEM)ʺ
PI(s): Kuépié, Mathias
Co-PI(s): Robilliard, Anne-Sophie
Affiliation(s): CEPS; DIAL
Institutional Partner(s): AFD/IRD
Project Dates:
Start: 2008
End: 2012
Data Source(s): Census and household survey data
Methods: Statistical and econometric analysis
Geographic Location(s): Senegal, Mali, Cameroon

Since the 1970s, many African countries have entered the demographic transition process and have experienced dramatic demographic changes. Most countries are experiencing declining mortality rates, and entering into the second stage of the demographic transition of declining fertility rates. With this entry into the second stage of the transition, it is very likely that the country will experience a “demographic dividend” if a number of conditions are fulfilled, in particular with respect to the absorptive capacity of the labor market. The MIMADEM project aimed to re-examine the relationship between demographic and economic dynamics in Africa such as the notion of the demographic dividend with the focus on labor markets and migration. Methodologically, the analyses were based on aggregate statistics by country, drawing on microdata from existing socioeconomic and sociodemographic surveys and from data collected as part of this project. These different types of data were analyzed using statistical and econometric methods.

Research Outputs:
De Weerdt, Joachim & Hirvonen, Kalle. (2013). Risk Sharing and Internal Migration (World Bank Policy Research Working Paper No. 6429).

Kuepie, Mathias et al. (2014). Number, Age Composition and School Achievements of Siblings in Two African Capital Cities. Oxford Development Studies, 42(4): 534-552. DOI: 10.1080/13600818.2014.902046

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