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Title:The racial employment gap in South Africa
Authors:Brookes, Mich
Hinks, TimothyISNI
Periodical:South African Journal of Economics
Geographic term:South Africa
labour law
External link:https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1813-6982.2004.tb00126.x/pdf
Abstract:During the apartheid period of 1946-1994 the labour market in South Africa was characterized by a clear dualism, across racial lines. With the adoption in the immediate postapartheid period of reverse discrimination employment policies it may be expected that even in a period of rising unemployment the economic position of the economically active black would improve. Using data from the 1995 and 1999 October Household Survey (OHS) and the 2000, 2001 and 2002 September Labour Force Survey (LFS) and by adopting a simple probit employment model, this paper attempts to estimate whether the probability of an employment gap between white, African, Coloured and Asian labour force participants has changed between 1995 and 2002. The paper finds that the position of Africans, Coloureds and Asians has declined when compared to white labour force participants, with this due mostly to white advantages. Thus, it is clear that affirmative action employment policies are not working. Bibliogr., notes, ref. [ASC Leiden abstract]