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Wage Level and Structure; Wage Differentials

The persistence of apartheid regional wage disparities in South Africa

Gibson Mudiriza and Lawrence Edwards
Despite the ending of apartheid, regional wage disparities remain prevalent in South Africa with the former homelands characterised by persistently low wages and incomes. In this paper, we use a new economic geography (NEG) model to estimate the extent to which the persistence in apartheid regional...
Apr 2020
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Obesity Based Labour Market Discrimination in South Africa: A Dynamic Panel Analysis

Junita Henry and Umakrishnan Kollamparambil
There is increasing concern regarding obesity related healthcare costs in South Africa. Obesity is also seen to have far reaching effects that seep into labour market outcomes (Barnett & Kumar, 2009). Using NIDS panel data, this study aims to examine the relationship between Body Mass Index and...
Aug 2017
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National minimum wage in South Africa: A Computable General Equilibrium Model Analysis

Jean Luc Erero
This paper analyses the economy-wide impact of the national minimum wage on the South African economy. The analysis was conducted using a static computable general equilibrium (CGE) model of South Africa, which captured the observed structure of South Africa’s economy. The parameters of the CGE...
Nov 2016
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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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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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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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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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