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HSRC Press :: Economics, Development & Innovation :: Earnings inequality in South Africa 1995–2003

Earnings inequality in South Africa 1995–2003
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Earnings inequality in South Africa 1995–2003

Ingrid Woolard, Chris Woolard

Format297mm x 210mm
ISBN 100-7969-2173-3
ISBN 13978-07969-2173-4
Publish Year2006
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It is generally accepted that the gap between the earnings of unskilled and semi-skilled workers on the one hand, and skilled and highly skilled workers, on the other, narrowed in South Africa during the 1970s and 1980s. This paper investigates whether the gap between the real earnings of highly skilled and low-skilled workers in the formal sector of the South African economy continued to narrow after this country’s transition to democracy.

Statistics South Africa's October Household Survey and Labour Force Survey data covering the period 1995 to 2003 are analysed, and the authors also assess changes in the earnings gap between whites and other race groups in that period, and between men and women.

About the Author/s

Dr Ingrid Woolard was Research Fellow in the School of Development Studies at the University of KwaZulu-Natal at the time this study was undertaken.

Dr Chris Woolard is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Chemistry at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University.



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