HIV Status and Labor Market Participation in South Africa
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Citation of Original PublicationLevinsohn, James et al.; HIV Status and Labor Market Participation in South Africa ; The Review of Economics and Statistics, 95 (1): 98–108, 1 March, 2013; https://doi.org/10.1162/REST_a_00237
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We use econometric methods based on the propensity score to estimate the causal effect of HIV status on employment outcomes in South Africa. Relying on rich data from a national survey, which included HIV testing, we control for systematic differences between HIV-positive and HIV-negative individuals. We provide the first nationally representative estimates of the impact of HIV status on employment outcomes for southern Africa. Being HIV positive is associated with an increase of 6 to 7 percentage points in the likelihood of unemployment overall and 10 to 11 percentage points for those who are less educated. This disadvantage reinforces existing inequalities in South Africa.