Employment uncertainty in the era of COVID-19: Evidence from NIDS-CRAM and the QLFS

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dc.contributor.author Daniels, Reza C.
dc.contributor.author Ingle, Kim
dc.contributor.author Brophy, Tim
dc.date.accessioned 2021-10-15T12:51:55Z
dc.date.available 2021-10-15T12:51:55Z
dc.date.issued 2021-10
dc.identifier.citation Daniels, R.C., Ingle, K., Brophy, T. (2021). Employment uncertainty in the era of COVID-19: Evidence from NIDS-CRAM and the QLFS. Cape Town: Southern Africa Labour and Development Research Unit, University of Cape Town. (SALDRU Working Paper Number 282)
dc.identifier.isbn 978-1-928516-44-6
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11090/1010
dc.description.abstract This paper conducts an analysis of employment uncertainty and trends in South Africa during the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic, using NIDS-CRAM and five waves of Statistics SA's Quarterly Labour Force Survey (QLFS: 2020-Q1 to 2021-Q1). We find that much of the differences in estimates of labour force states including employment, unemployment and not economically active, are due to different initial conditions and different reference periods between the two surveys, as well as the way that uncertain job attachment is measured in the questionnaires. This leads to higher estimates of employment in NIDS-CRAM compared to the QLFS for both a pre-pandemic baseline and over the entire period investigated (February 2020 to March 2021). This implies the two data sources are not strictly comparable, but rather complimentary when analysing different aspects of the labour force. We discuss the implications for labour market research based on these data sources. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Saldru Working Paper;282
dc.subject labour market statistics en_US
dc.subject questionnaire design en_US
dc.subject labour force status determination en_US
dc.subject COVID-19 lockdowns en_US
dc.title Employment uncertainty in the era of COVID-19: Evidence from NIDS-CRAM and the QLFS en_US
dc.type Working Paper en_US


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