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Who are Those Misclassified As ‘Others'? A Note on Indonesian Labour Force Statistics 1

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This paper examines possible kinds of misclassification of those placed in the large ‘others' group in Indonesian labour force statistics, i.e. people registered as outside the labour force and neither attending school nor homemaking. It argues that a large proportion of those classified as ‘others' are unemployed, unpaid workers and people attending informal education, as well as those in transition between two educational institutions. The paper discusses possible reasons for the remarkable differences between Census and labour force surveys in the reported size of the ‘others' group, and considers the consequences for statements on trends in open unemployment if adjustment is made for the high ‘others' share.
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Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Friedrich Ebert Foundation, Bonn

Publication date: April 1, 1990

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