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Distributional changes in the gender wage gap in the post-apartheid South African labour market

Jacqueline Mosomi

No wp-2019-17, WIDER Working Paper Series from World Institute for Development Economic Research (UNU-WIDER)

Abstract: This paper investigates the evolution of the gender wage gap in South Africa, using the 1993-2015 Post-Apartheid Labour Market Series data set. The changes in the gap are heterogeneous across the wage distribution. There has been a substantial narrowing of the gap at the bottom of the distribution, attributable to the implementation of the minimum wage in low-paying industries However, the median gender wage gap is substantial at 23-35 per cent. This is unexplained by differences in human capital characteristics, and is not declining over time.

Keywords: Labour force participation; Gender gap; Wage gap; Discrimination; Decomposition; post-apartheid; unconditional quantile regression; South Africa (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2019
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