Education and inequality: The South African case

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Show simple item record Branson, Nicola en_US Garlick, Julia en_US Lam, David en_US Leibbrandt, Murray en_US 2013-02-28T13:39:53Z 2013-02-28T13:39:53Z 2012 en_US
dc.description.abstract Following the international literature, income inequality decompositions on data from contemporary South Africa show that the labour market is the key driver of overall household inequality. In order to understand one of the channels driving this labour market inequality, we use national household survey data to review changing returns to education in the South African labour market over the last 15 years; with a focus on both the returns to getting employment as well as the earnings returns for those that have employment. We show that South Africa has experienced a skills twist with the returns to matric and post-secondary education rising and the returns to levels of education below this remaining constant. Then, based on a regression based decomposition of earnings inequality, we show how this has impacted earnings inequality. Indeed, the increase in returns to post-secondary education has directly counteracted the equalising gains that have been made by increased educational attainment, resulting in consistent levels of inequality over time. Length: 29 pages en_US
dc.publisher Southern Africa Labour and Development Research Unit en_US
dc.subject Education
dc.subject Inequality
dc.subject Returns to education
dc.subject Labour market
dc.subject Employment
dc.subject Matric
dc.subject Post-secondary education
dc.title Education and inequality: The South African case en_US

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