The Egyptian Labor Market: A Focus on Gender and Economic Vulnerability



Ragui Assaad

In this hybrid event, we hosted Ragui Assaad to discuss his most recent book carrying the same title. He argued that a favorable, but temporary, demographic situation has resulted in reduced labor supply pressures on the Egyptian labor market in the past decade, leading to falling unemployment rates. However, the drop in unemployment is attributed to temporary demographic developments rather than healthy employment creation. Despite recent developments, the performance of the economy in terms of employment creation has been poor, both quantitatively and qualitatively. Demographic pressures will resume in the second half of this decade as the echo of the youth bulge generation reaches working age.