The evolution of the racial wage hierarchy in post-apartheid South Africa

Paul Allanson, Jonathan P. Atkins

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    This article develops a multilateral decomposition procedure for the analysis of wage differentials and applies this to the evolution of the racial wage hierarchy in South Africa over the period 1993–2001. We find evidence that the wage position of the majority African workforce improved relative to all other racial groups immediately following the transition to democratic rule in 1994, but that these gains have been largely eroded in the ensuing years of the post-apartheid era. We review the range of policy initiatives that have been taken by the government since 1994 in the light of our empirical findings.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1023
    Number of pages1050
    JournalJournal of Development Studies
    Volume41
    Issue number6
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2005

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    The evolution of the racial wage hierarchy in post-apartheid South Africa. / Allanson, Paul; Atkins, Jonathan P.

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