Economists Versus the Street: Comparative Viewpoints on Barriers to Self-Employment in Khayelitsha, South Africa

University of Cape Town Development Policy Research Unit Working Paper No. 11/144

20 Pages Posted: 4 Dec 2012

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Paul L. Cichello

World Bank; Loyola College in Maryland

Liberty Mncube

University of Cape Town

Morne Oosthuizen

University of Cape Town

Laura Poswell

University of Cape Town (UCT)

Date Written: November 1, 2011

Abstract

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.

Keywords: self employment, informal economy, unemployment, perceptions, South Africa, crime, risk

Suggested Citation

Cichello, Paul L. and Mncube, Liberty and Oosthuizen, Morne and Poswell, Laura, Economists Versus the Street: Comparative Viewpoints on Barriers to Self-Employment in Khayelitsha, South Africa (November 1, 2011). University of Cape Town Development Policy Research Unit Working Paper No. 11/144 , Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2184230 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2184230

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Morne Oosthuizen

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Laura Poswell

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