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Labor Force and Employment, Size, and Structure

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The impact of health on the employment and earnings of young South Africans

Chijioke O. Nwosu
This paper estimates the impact of health on employment and earnings among individuals aged 15-39 years in South Africa. Though one of the richest countries in Africa, South Africa is plagued by substantial disease burden especially from communicable diseases, injuries, maternal and child mortality...
Apr 2016
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Impact on Health on Labour Force Participation in South Africa

Chijioke O. Nwosu and Ingrid Woolard
This paper quantifies the impact of health on labour force participation, using South Africa as a case study. This is important given the essential role the labour market plays in economic growth and the potential for poor health to adversely affect labour market outcomes. South Africa has...
Sep 2015
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Happy in the Informal Economy? A Case Study of Well-Being Among Day Labourers in South Africa

PF Blaauw, I Botha, R Schenck and C Schoeman
Past research provided evidence of the negative effect that individual unemployment can have on subjective well-being. The persistent high levels of unemployment and poverty in South Africa have been well documented. Many people are forced into the informal economy, where they engage in a variety...
Mar 2013
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Micro-evidence on day labourers and the thickness of labour markets in South Africa

PF Blaauw and WF Krugell
The South African labour market is characterised by sharp segmentation, high unemployment and apparently limited informal sector employment. Recent work has focussed on the importance of the quality of education while others have argued that the rigidity of the labour market constrains employment...
May 2012
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Underemployed women: an analysis of voluntary and involuntary part-time wage employment in South Africa

Colette Muller
Using nationally representative household survey data from 1995 to 2006, this paper explores heterogeneity among female part-time wage (salaried) workers in post-apartheid South Africa, specifically distinguishing between individuals who choose to work part-time and part-time workers who report...
Sep 2010
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Trends in the gender wage gap and gender discrimination among part-time and full-time workers in post-apartheid South Africa

Colette Muller
Using nationally representative household survey data from 1995 to 2006, this paper explores the gender wage gap among part-time and full-time salaried workers in post-apartheid South Africa, considering specifically how the magnitude of the gender-wage gap and the factors contributing to this gap...
Apr 2009
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Is there evidence of a wage penalty to female part-time employment in South Africa?

Dorrit Posel and Colette Muller
In this paper, we investigate female part-time employment in South Africa. Using household survey data for South Africa from 1995 to 2004, we show that women are over-represented in part-time employment, and that the growth in part-time work has been an important feature of the feminisation of the...
Oct 2007
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Dissecting post-apartheid labour market developments: Decomposing a discrete choice model while dealing with unobservables

Martin Wittenberg
The abolition of apartheid should have improved the employment prospects of black South Africans. The reality seems to have been different, with rising unemployment rates. Disentangling the real trends from changes in measurement and sampling design has proved to be difficult. We tackle this issue...
Jan 2007
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