Estimating the returns to education in Cameroon informal sector

dc.contributor.author Nguetse Tegoum, Pierre
dc.contributor.corporatename Cameroon. Ministry of the Economy, Planning, and Regional Development
dc.date.accessioned 2010-09-23T17:55:47Z
dc.date.available 2010-09-23T17:55:47Z
dc.date.issued 2009-10-07
dc.description Presented at GLOBELICS 2009, 7th International Conference, 6-8 October, Dakar, Senegal.
dc.description Parallel session 1: Education et développement
dc.description.abstract This paper discusses the returns to schooling in Cameroon within the informal sector. This is to evaluate to what extent having followed the basic education successfully influence the hourly earnings of workers in the informal sector. Then it analyzes the benefits of the first cycle of secondary education. The methodology used is based on the matching methods and the selection on unobservable models. The data used are those of the survey on employment and the informal sector conducted in 2005 by Cameroon National Institute of Statistics. The results confirm the positive impact of schooling on the income of informal sector workers. The benefits brought by the completion of basic education are estimated at 20% in the non-agricultural sector and at 28% within the agricultural sector. In addition, if unskilled workers now return to school and obtain the FSLC (or an equivalent certificate) this will increase their income by 22% to 25%. The effects of the possession of the GCEOL on the income of the workers of the non-agricultural informal sector are estimated to 33%. But in the agricultural sector this certificate may have no effect on earnings. Education also plays a fundamental role in the occupation status of individuals. The probability of entering into the formal sector increases with the level of education. The study recommends the implementation of measures aiming to increase education supply, especially in rural areas, improving the quality of education. There government should implement a national social education policy in favor of the poor; take measures for the follow up of the informal sector and facilitate the entry of young graduates into the labour market. en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1853/34894
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Georgia Institute of Technology en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries GLOBELICS09. Session 1 en_US
dc.subject Returns to education en_US
dc.subject Informal sector en_US
dc.subject Selection model en_US
dc.subject Propensity score matching en_US
dc.subject Cameroon en_US
dc.title Estimating the returns to education in Cameroon informal sector en_US
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local.contributor.corporatename School of Public Policy
local.contributor.corporatename Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts
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