Determinants of Informal Sector Employment in Urban Labor Markets in Cameroon

Neba Cletus Yah, Ngeh Ernest Tingum, Fuein Vera Kum


This study uses data from the Cameroon Survey on Employment and the Informal Sector (CSEIS) carried out in 2010 by the National Institute of Statistics (NIS) to examine the determinants of informal sector employment in the urban areas of Cameroon. The study applied a multinomial logit model to analyze gender and age group differences. The result showed that the determinants of informal employment in Cameroon`s urban labor market vary with gender and age group. Household headship, household size, tertiary education and marital status were found to be important variables in determining the choice of employment sector.


Keywords: Informal Sector, Employment, Urban Labor Markets

JEL Classification: J23; J24

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