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Wages and wage inequality in South Africa 1994-2011: The evidence from household survey data

Martin Wittenberg ()

No 135, SALDRU Working Papers from Southern Africa Labour and Development Research Unit, University of Cape Town

Abstract: We analyse the long-term trends in wages in South Africa, using the data from the October Household Surveys, Labour Force Surveys and Quarterly Labour Force Surveys. We show that outliers and missing data need to be taken into consideration when working with these data. Our results show that overall mean real earnings among employees has risen over this period. Median real earnings, by contrast, have lagged. We show that the top end of the earnings distribution has moved away from the median, while there seems to have been a relative compression of the distribution right at the bottom.

Keywords: South Africa; Inequality; Earnings; Data Quality; Multiple Imputation (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Date: 2014
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