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Externalities of irrigation policy on youth Entrepreneurship in Malawi

Author(s): 
Lucius Cassim
Laeticia Pemba
Theme: 
Institutions for job creation, skills acquisition and capacity building of African youth

“Do irrigation programs have positive spill-over effects on youth entrepreneurship? “ This paper answers the question using evidence from irrigation programs of an agro-based economy, Malawi. Using the Fourth Integrated Household Survey (IHS4) the study employs a hierarchical three level random effects logit model. The study confirms the presence of positive spill over effects of irrigation programs on youth entrepreneurship. This provides more justification for increased funding to generic programs like irrigation with additional rationale of trying to provide the much needed finance to the youth in Malawi so as to mitigate youth unemployment.