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Essays on categorical inequality, non-linear income dynamics and social mobility in South Africa


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This study examines how South African labour markets changed during the first decade in the post-Apartheid era. The results show the emergence of a new form of racial inequality, as witnessed by sharply divergent patterns in the returns to education between Whites and Blacks. Moreover, while this has occurred, the incomes of Blacks are shown to have been far more stagnant over the first five years after democracy than typically thought to be the case, with chance events playing a major role in generating changes that are observed. Finally, chance appears to also be strongly related to changes in employment status, though in this case, its effect is mediated through access to parental resources and risk-sharing networks. These findings suggest that without active policy on a variety of fronts, dealing with persistent labour market discrimination, the poor quality of black schooling, and unemployment and social security provision, little change can be expected in the near future for the vast majority of South Africans. Indeed, the results suggest that emerging trends in South African labour markets could possibly even reverse gains made over the past decade in some areas of social service provision.

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Subject
Economics;
Labor economics;
Minority & ethnic groups;
Sociology;
Income inequality;
Occupational mobility;
Essays
Classification
0501: Economics
0510: Labor economics
0631: Minority & ethnic groups
0631: Sociology
Identifier / keyword
Social sciences, Categorical inequality, Income, Nonlinear income dynamics, Social mobility, South Africa
Title
Essays on categorical inequality, non-linear income dynamics and social mobility in South Africa
Author
Keswell, Malcolm M.
Number of pages
159
Publication year
2003
Degree date
2003
School code
0118
Source
DAI-A 64/10, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
Advisor
Bowles, Samuel
University/institution
University of Massachusetts Amherst
University location
United States -- Massachusetts
Degree
Ph.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
3110511
ProQuest document ID
305321205
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/305321205
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