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Type Working Paper - WIDER Working Paper Series
Title Wage polarization in a high-inequality emerging economy: The case of South Africa
Issue 55
Publication (Day/Month/Year) 2020
Earnings growth in South Africa displayed a U-shaped pattern across the earnings percentiles between 2000 and 2015, resembling wage polarization in the industrialized world. We investigate whether the drivers of this example of wage polarization in an emerging economy resemble those explored for industrialized ones. These are: skills-biased technical change; changing sectoral composition; the role of labour market institutions; and how occupational task content interacts with technology.

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