The Egypt labor market panel survey: introducing the 2012 round

Ragui Assaad, Caroline Krafft

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    This paper introduces the 2012 round of the Egypt Labor Market Panel Survey (ELMPS), a publicly-available nationally representative longitudinal household survey. We describe the key characteristics of the ELMPS, including the samples and questionnaires for each round. Additionally, we examine the attrition processes observed in the panel and discuss the creation of weights to correct for attrition. We compare our data to other statistical sources for Egypt to evaluate the sample’s representativeness. To demonstrate how the ELMPS allows for an improved understanding of the labor market, we compare unemployment trends using the ELMPS and other data on unemployment in Egypt.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Article number8
    JournalIZA Journal of Labor and Development
    Issue number1
    StatePublished - Dec 1 2013

    Bibliographical note

    Funding Information:
    The authors would like to acknowledge the invaluable contribution of Ms. Chaimaa Yassine at all stages of the survey including design, data collection and processing, and the preparation of the data for analysis. They are also grateful for the administrative and financial support provided by Yasmine Fahim, Eman Elhadary, Mohamed Yousri, and Mohamed Aladdin at the Economic Research Forum. This survey would not have been possible without the invaluable contributions of the survey team at the Egyptian Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS) under the able leadership of General Abou Bakr El-Guindy, Ms. Rawia El-Batrawy, Ms. Nadia El-Hadidy, Mr. Mostafa Siddiq and Mr. Abdel Hamid Abdel Gawad Ahmed. Finally the authors would like to acknowledge the generous financial support of the Economic Research Forum, the World Bank and the Economic and Social Research Council (UK). Responsible editor: Jackline Wahba

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    © 2013, Assaad and Krafft; licensee Springer.


    • Egypt
    • Public use data
    • Sample weights
    • Survey panel data
    • Unemployment


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