Open Data Portal

Citation Information

Type Working Paper - Southern Africa Labour and Development Research Unit
Title Changes in education, employment and earnings in South Africa: A cohort analysis
Author(s)
Issue 105
Publication (Day/Month/Year) 2013
Page numbers 1-28
URL http://saldru.com.uct.ac.za/bitstream/handle/11090/621/2013_105.pdf?sequence=1
Abstract
Rapid increases in educational attainment and the massification of secondary education in South Africa resulted in substantial differences in the supply and quality of educated workers across generations. This paper describes changes in the distribution of education across birth cohorts and how these relate to changes in the probability of employment, the distribution of earnings and the earnings premiums to complete secondary and tertiary education. Tracking cohorts over time allows us to disentangle generational and life-cycle components of these changes. Younger cohorts are shown to have increasingly faced worse labour market conditions than their predecessors, although this may be changing for cohorts born after 1980. Furthermore, the relative reward to complete secondary and tertiary education has remained positive, and increased for tertiary educated cohorts born since the 1960s. Increases in earnings inequality among those with complete secondary education suggests increased variance in education quality during the period when completed secondary education expanded rapidly.

Related studies

»
»
»
»
»
»
»
»
»
»
»
»
»
»
»
»
»
»
»
»
»
»
»
»
»
»
Branson, Nicola, Cally Ardington, David Lam, and Murray Leibbrandt. "Changes in education, employment and earnings in South Africa: A cohort analysis." Southern Africa Labour and Development Research Unit , no. 105 (2013).
Copyright DataFirst, University of Cape Town