Propensity to work and income levels of youths in southern Sudan: a case study of Napere Suburb-Yambio Town

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Kampala International University, College of Economics and Management
This study was meant to determine the propensity to work and income levels of youths in Southern Sudan by taking the case of Napere suburb in Yambio Town. The average hours worked per month here represents the propensity to work while the total monthly income characterizes the income level. The study particularly sought to establish and recommend the kind of relationship that should exist between propensity to work and the income levels of youths. This was conceived due to the fact that while traditional economic theory entailed high propensity to work for the low income earners, conditions on the ground highlighted that despite the low income levels of the youths, their propensity to work was still low. The study was conducted through sample survey; data was collected in June 2010, using interview technique from 120 youths purposively selected from the accessible population, analyzed using Pearson's Correlation, and presented in tables and figures. The study established the existence of a positive relationship between propensity to work and income levels with a Pearson's correlation coefficient of 0.592 at 1% level of Significance. A total of 55.8% of the youths had a low propensity to work out of which 48.5% had low incomes. The study concludes that the youths have low incomes because they have a low propensity to work. It recommends that the government planners and other development agencies should promote a high propensity to work among the youths through: establishing demonstration farms and sensitizing youths' leaders about the imperative of work, in a bid to improve incomes.
A dissertation submitted to the School of Economics and Applied Statistics in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the Award of Bachelors Degree of Arts in Economics of Kampala International University
work and income, Levels, South Sudan, Youths