Education and inequality: The South African case


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dc.creator Branson, Nicola
dc.creator Garlick, Julia
dc.creator Lam, David
dc.creator Leibbrandt, Murray 2013-02-28T13:39:53Z 2013-02-28T13:39:53Z 2012 2015-05-28T10:05:11Z 2015-05-28T10:05:11Z 2015-05-28
dc.description 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
dc.language.iso eng
dc.publisher Southern Africa Labour and Development Research Unit
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
dc.type Report
uct.type.publication Research en_ZA
uct.type.resource SALDRU Report en_ZA
dc.publisher.institution University of Cape Town
dc.publisher.faculty Faculty of Commerce en_ZA
dc.publisher.department SALDRU en_ZA
dc.identifier.ris TY - Report DA - 2015-05-28 DB - OpenUCT DP - University of Cape Town KW - Education KW - Inequality KW - Returns to education KW - Labour market KW - Employment KW - Matric KW - Post-secondary education LK - PB - University of Cape Town PY - 2015 T1 - Education and inequality: The South African case TI - Education and inequality: The South African case UR - ER - en_ZA

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