Understanding and characterizing the services sector in South Africa
Haroon Bhorat (),
Nomsa Kachingwe and
No 157, WIDER Working Paper Series from World Institute for Development Economic Research (UNU-WIDER)
The South African services sector is large and growing. This coupled with declining employment shares in manufacturing and mining (i.e. deindustrialization) suggests that South Africa is a de facto service-orientated economy. Employment patterns in services reveal a segmentation that is characterized by high-productivity, high-wage services, low-productivity, low-wage services, and government services. There has been sustained growth in services exports in the post-1994 period but the composition is biased toward traditional services. Increased entry into developing country markets is characterized by increasingly sophisticated services. A key driver of export growth is the expansion of foreign direct investment into developed country markets, and increasingly, into developing country markets, particularly African markets.
Keywords: services; economic development; South Africa; economic growth; structural change (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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