Labour Market Reform and the Evolution of the Racial Wage Hierarchy in Post-Apartheid South Africa

Paul Allanson, Jonathan Atkins

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    Abstract

    The central theme of this working paper is the way that the racial wage hierarchy evolved in South Africa over the period 1993 to 1999 amongst full-time regular employees of normal working age, but excluding those in the primary sector and the defence forces. We find that the transition to democratic rule in 1994 was accompanied by an improvement in the wage position of the majority African workforce relative to all other racial groups, but that these gains were not fully preserved through the latter half of the decade. The persistence of racial wage differences following the repeal of all overt discriminatory laws and regulations points to the need for concerted policy interventions to reverse the legacy of apartheid. We review the range of policy initiatives that have been taken by the South African Government since 1994 in the light of our empirical findings.
    Original languageEnglish
    Place of PublicationCape Town
    PublisherUniversity of Cape Town, Development Policy Research Unit
    Number of pages19
    ISBN (Print)0799221007
    Publication statusPublished - 2001

    Publication series

    NameDPRU Working Papers
    PublisherDevelopment Policy Research Unit, University of Cape Town
    No.01/59

    Keywords

    • South Africa
    • racial wage differences

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    Allanson, P., & Atkins, J. (2001). Labour Market Reform and the Evolution of the Racial Wage Hierarchy in Post-Apartheid South Africa. (DPRU Working Papers; No. 01/59). University of Cape Town, Development Policy Research Unit. http://ideas.repec.org/p/ctw/wpaper/01059.html