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Poverty, Inequality and the Nature of Economic Growth in South Africa

"The first key purpose of this paper then is to extend the discussion and debate to the first decade of democracy by utilising and analysing the Income and Expenditure Survey (IES) of 2005. With the IES 2005 we are, for first time, able to provide a…

Monitoring the Performance of the South African Labour Market

"This factsheet has provided an overview of employment in the wholesale and retail trade industry. Despite being the industry with the most rapid rate of employment contraction between 2008Q1 and 2013Q1 with 331 000 jobs being shed, wholesale and re…

Monitoring the Performance of the South African Labour Market

"Since the recession of 2009, economic growth in South Africa has only exceeded four percent per annum three times (in 2010Q1, 2010Q4 and 2011Q1). In fact, growth was below four percent in seven consecutive quarters since 2011Q2 and, in 2013Q1, was …

Inflation Inequality in South Africa

"The inflation crisis of 2008 drew greater attention to the varying experiences of inflation in South Africa and,in particular, to the fact that different groups within society may have significantly differing inflation experiences. The groups may b…

Maximising South Africa's Demographic Dividend

"Based on 2005 estimates of National Transfer Accounts for South Africa, this paper investigates the resource flows across ages within the generational economy. The paper provides estimates of the lifecycle deficit and describes the financing of the…

Disability Grant Force Participation : The Case of South Africa

"Despite the explosive growth in the number of people receiving disability benefits in South Africa, very little is known about the labour supply effects of the disability grant (DG). This study investigates the impact of disability grant receipt on…

Demographic, Community and Macroeconomic Effects on Disability Grant Programme Participation

"This paper investigates the role of demographic, community and macroeconomic effects on Disability Grant programme (DGP) participation. The study descriptively analyses demographic patterns of the disability grant (DG) beneficiaries using data from…

The Impact of Sectoral Minimum Wage Laws on Employment, Wages and Hours of Work in South Africa

"This paper attempts to investigate the impact of sectoral wage laws in South Africa. Specifically, we examine the impact of minimum wage laws promulgated in the Retail, Domestic work, Forestry, Security, and Taxi sectors using 15 waves of biannual …

Student Graduation, Labour Market Destinations and Employment Earnings

"This paper investigates the labour market destinations of graduates from seven higher education institutions in South Africa. A three-step estimation procedure is employed in which the relative importance of covariates such as age, race, and gender…

Employment Outcomes and Returns to Earnings in Post Apartheid South Africa

"This paper attempts to understand some of the key drivers of employment and earnings trends within the South African labour market in the 15 years following the demise of apartheid. A number of factors are discussed which feature in the understandi…

Africa's Job Challenge

"It is evident that Africa has much potential to achieve the long-term growth that is necessary for reducing inequality and alleviating poverty across the region. In order to do this, there are key pitfalls that need to be addressed, most importantl…

Minimum Wage Enforcement in the Developing World

"Drawing on evidence from developing country studies, this paper considers several key issues. We discuss the impact of minimum wages in the developing world based on a selection of recent studies and highlight non-compliance with minimum wage laws …

Economic Policy in South Africa, Past Present and Future

With the end of Apartheid in 1994 a new beginning was promised for South Africa. Herewith included was political freedom and inclusive development for all South Africans. This overview focusses on the economic record and the economic prospects of p…

Do Industrial Disputes Reduce Employment? Evidence from South Africa

A unique administrative database is utilized to provide a more nuanced and empirically based measure of employment protection for the labour market in South Africa. It is proposed to measure employment protection as a function of the quantity and e…

Labour Unions and Wage Inequality among African Men in South Africa

The growing intra-racial income inequality, particularly among Africans is one Achilles' heel of post Apartheid South Africa. This paper examines the role of labour unions in explaining this phenomenon among African men given that labour markets are…

The Post-Apartheid South African Labour Market

"This paper provides an analysis of some of the important changes that have occurred in the South African labour market since 1994. The paper presents the broad changes in employment, unemployment and labour force participation, finding substantial …

Expanding the Social Security Net in South Africa: Opportunities Challenges and Constraints

"For a large proportion of the South African population social welfare grants are an important source of income. Rapid increases in government expenditure on social security between 2000 and 2006 has further increased poor households’ reliance on we…

Costing, Comparing and Competing Developing an Approach to the Benchmarking of Labour Market Regulation

"The World Bank’s ‘Doing Business’ survey seeks to measure and compare the costs to business of various types of regulation, including labour regulation. As such it is an important driver of labour market ‘reform’ globally and in South Africa. It ma…

The Impact of Growth and Redistribution on Poverty and Inequality in South Africa

"This country study evaluates the experience of the South African economy with respect to growth, poverty and inequality trends since the advent of democracy in 1994. The post apartheid government took a definite turn toward greater spending on soc…

Sticking to the Facts: Official and Unofficial Stories about Poverty and Unemployment in South Africa

"Poverty’s major cause is unemployment. In the unlikely event that unemployment is halved by 2014, there will still be millions of people in South Africa in workerless households. The only way to address this is to develop a truly comprehensive so…

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