Mar 3, 2013

HIV Status and Labor Market Participation (South Africa)

We find that being HIV-positive is associated with a seven percentage point increase in the likelihood of being unemployed. South Africans with less than a high school education are close to 11 percentage points more likely to be unemployed if they are HIV-positive. HIV status confers a disadvantage despite high unemployment rates, and reinforces existing inequalities in South Africa.
From the paper "HIV Status and Labor Market Participation in South Africa" by Levinsohn et al., forthcoming in the The Review of Economics and Statistics. A 2009-draft is here

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