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Type Working Paper - DPRU- Working paper 11/144
Title Economists versus the street: Comparative viewpoints on barriers to self-employment in Khayelitsha, South Africa
Issue 11/144
Publication (Day/Month/Year) 2011
Page numbers 1-20
URL WP11-144_0.pdf
What prevents the unemployed in Khayelitsha, South Africa from trying self-employment? Perceptions of a small group of academic economists are presented and compared to the perceptions of unemployed Khayelitsha residents themselves. The largest differences in view-points are that a) academics believe that the general business skills of residents hold the unemployed back substantially while residents perceive it as a minor issue; and b) compared to academics, residents of Khayelitsha give much more weight to jealousy within the community and to the continual vulnerability to business failure as barriers to trying self-employment.

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