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Human Capital; Skills; Occupational Choice; Labor Productivity

College Major Choice, Spatial Inequality and Elite Formation: Evidence from South Africa

Biniam B. Bedasso
This paper explores the determinants of college major choice in the presence of significant inter-group and spatial inequalities. I combine four years of admissions application data at an elite university in South Africa with quarterly labor force data to trace the link between aptitude-weighted...
Sep 2015
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The Effects of Teacher Strike Activity on Student Learning in South African Primary Schools

Gabrielle Wills
This paper investigates whether teacher strikes affect student achievement at the primary school level in South Africa. A cross-subject analysis with student fixed effects is used to eliminate sources of endogeneity bias at the school and student level. Results indicate that teacher strike...
Jan 2014
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Social Capital and Human Capital in the Colonies: A Study of Cocoa Farmers in Western Nigeria

Nonso Obikili
I examine the relationship between social and human capital in colonial Western Nigeria. Using data on expenditure of cocoa farmers in 1952, I show that farmers in townships with higher social spending individually spend more on education. The relationship holds after controlling for various...
Oct 2013
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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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English Language Proficiency and Earnings in a Developing Country: The Case of South Africa

Daniela Casale and Dorrit Posel
In this paper we explore the relationship between English language proficiency and earnings in South Africa, using new data from the first wave of the National Income Dynamics panel survey of 2008. Much of the literature on this topic has studied the impact on earnings of host country language...
Jun 2010
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Does training benefit those who do not get any? Elasticities of complementarity and factor price in South Africa

Alberto Behar
Commentators claim a shortage of skills, particularly artisanal labour, in South Africa is constraining output and that a rise in skill supply would benefit less skilled occupations. This assumes/implies skilled and unskilled labour are q-complements. This paper estimates Hicks Elasticities of...
May 2008
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Schooling as a Lottery: Racial Differences in School Advancement in Urban South Africa

David Lam, Cally Ardington and Murray Leibbrandt
This paper develops a stochastic model of grade repetition to analyze the large racial differences in progress through secondary school in South Africa. The model predicts that a larger stochastic component in the link between learning and measured performance will generate higher enrollment,...
Aug 2007
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