Exposed to civil war as children, Sierra Leone’s young adults suffer in the labour market
Most of Sierra Leone’s young adults (aged 18-35 in 2019) were exposed to the country’s violent civil war (1991-2002) as children. These young adults are now the country’s largest population group and they experience the highest unemployment rates. A team of local PEP researchers provides empirical evidence that conflict exposure at a young age reduces wages, long-term earning potential, and the probability of being employed. Exposure to conflict is linked to a reduction education, causing these negative employment effects.
Find out more in the PEP working paper 2020-09 and policy brief 214