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Type Working Paper - Africa Growth Initiative Working Paper 45
Title Demographic, employment, and wage trends in South Africa
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Publication (Day/Month/Year) 2016
URL https://www.brookings.edu/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/06-demographic-employment-wage-trends-south-afr​ica.pdf
Abstract
This paper looks to uncover the growth traps and opportunities for the South African economy, with a focus on underlying labour market dynamics. We explore the potential of South Africa’s demographic dividend. We also consider the structure of the labour market and the growth-employment interactions, which uncover the skills-biased labour demand path of the economy and a rising trend in the use of labour brokers to source temporary workers. Finally, we show a new labour market trend has emerged: a rise in the share of public sector employment along with higher conditional returns to public sector workers than to those in the private sector.

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