Labour force withdrawal of the elderly in South Africa

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dc.contributor.author Lam, David
dc.contributor.author Leibbrandt, Murray
dc.contributor.author Ranchhod, Vimal
dc.date.accessioned 2013-10-11T12:58:25Z
dc.date.available 2013-10-11T12:58:25Z
dc.date.issued 2005-06
dc.identifier.isbn 1-77011-050-X
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11090/664
dc.description.abstract This paper analyses labour market behaviour of the elderly in South Africa, focusing on the Black/African population group. The analysis uses data from the 2001 census and 1996 census, the Labour Force Surveys for September 2000 and 2001, and the Income and Expenditure Survey for 2000. Findings show that participation rates fall fairly rapidly after age 45, with particularly sharp declines in both participation and work at the age of eligibility for the old-age pension. Measures of unused productive capacity demonstrate that South Africa’s age profile of labour force withdrawal compares favourably with some OECD countries. The hazard rate indicates that the age of pension eligibility is associated with increased rates of retirement. The paper also examines major determinants of elderly labour supply, including household structure and marital status, public and private pensions and schooling and, finally, calculates probit regressions to gain a clearer picture of the variables affecting the work activity of the elderly. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher CSSR and SALDRU en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries CSSR/SALDRU Working Papers;118
dc.subject Labour force en_US
dc.subject Elderly en_US
dc.subject Employment en_US
dc.subject Unemployment en_US
dc.subject South Africa en_US
dc.subject Census en_US
dc.subject Race en_US
dc.subject Labour force participation en_US
dc.subject Pension en_US
dc.subject Retirement en_US
dc.subject Household structure en_US
dc.subject Education en_US
dc.subject Work en_US
dc.title Labour force withdrawal of the elderly in South Africa en_US
dc.type Working Paper en_US


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