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

Allanson, Paul; Atkins, Jonathan P.

Authors

Paul Allanson

Abstract

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.

Journal Article Type Review
Publication Date Aug 1, 2005
Journal Journal of Development Studies
Print ISSN 0022-0388
Electronic ISSN 1743-9140
Publisher Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 41
Issue 6
Pages 1023-1050
Institution Citation Allanson, P., & Atkins, J. P. (2005). The evolution of the racial wage hierarchy in post-apartheid South Africa. Journal of Development Studies, 41(6), 1023-1050. doi:10.1080/00220380500155270
DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/00220380500155270
Publisher URL https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/00220380500155270