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Why Young Syrians Prefer Public Sector Jobs

Published on: March 2009​
Genre: Strategy and Development|Youth​ Category: Policy Brief/ Policy Note​
MEYI Policy Outlook 2, March 2009, Nader Kabbani This policy outlook examines how public sector employment policies in Syria affect the transition from school to work for young people. Framed within the context of Syria’s transition from a command economy to a social market economy, the analysis highlights how the country’s traditional socioeconomic model still holds sway and drives employment preferences among youth. Despite the country’s effort to shift away from government interventions to private sector solutions, incentives in the public sector – higher wages, benefits, pension coverage, and job security – continue to reinforce preferences among youth for public sector employment. The policy outlook concludes with a set of recommendations to aid Syria’s transition and create new opportunities for young people.

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