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Minimum Wages and Employment: Literature Review and Background on Minimum Wages in Botswana

"This paper gives a brief literature review on minimum wages and their possible effects on employment, with particular focus on the likely effects of minimum wage introduction in the two excluded sectors, namely the Domestic and Agricultural secto...

A Synthesis of Current Issues in the Labour Regulatory Environment

During 2006 and 2007, a selection of research papers, in the main written by labour law experts, have provided critical input and guidance on the nature of the debate around the efficiency of the labour regulatory environment in South Africa. In N...

A Fresh Look at Unemployment: A conversation among experts

"Late in 2010, CDE convened a workshop of leading economists on South Africa’s persistent and extremely high levels of unemployment. What, we asked, is preventing us from creating more jobs? Given the large and diverse body of theoretical work an...

Unfriendly Neighbours: Contemporary Migration from Zimbabwe to Botswana

"This report focuses on understanding the nature and implications of the most recent phase of movement from Zimbabwe to Botswana. The first section of the report examines the evidence for the number of Zimbabweans in Botswana. As in South Africa, ...

Job Destruction in the South African Clothing Industry How an Alliance of Organised Labour, the State and Some Firms is Undermining Labour-Intensive Growth

"Successive government plans emphasise the need for job creation in South Africa, yet industrial and labour market policies are biased against labour-intensive growth. Nowhere is this more evident than in the clothing industry, where employment ha...

Do Industrial Disputes Reduce Employment? Evidence from South Africa

"This article makes two contributions. The first is to exploit an unusual dispute resolution database to provide a more nuanced and empirically based measure of industrial disputes for the labor market in South Africa. This was done by suggesting ...

Investigating the Feasibility of a National Minimum Wage for South Africa

Currently in South Africa, minimum wages are organized through two main structures: Bargaining Councils (BC) and Sectoral Determinations (SD). Together, these cover close to 70 percent of low-wage workers in the country. More recently, however, ...

Plantation, Outgrower and Medium-scale Commercial Farming in Ghana: Which Model Provides Better Prospects for Local Development?

"The three models have different implications for rural agrarian change. The plantation and commercial farming models show more similar features and outcomes compared to the outgrower model. The outgrower model generally has more positive effect...

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