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Type Working Paper - Development Policy Research Unit
Title Why is youth unemployment so high and unequally spread in South Africa?
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Issue 02/65
Publication (Day/Month/Year) 2002
URL http://www.dpru.uct.ac.za/sites/default/files/image_tool/images/36/DPRU WP02-065.pdf
Abstract
Not only does the South African labour market exhibit a high unemployment rate for the young, according to international standards, but it also shows evidence of large inequalities between age groups, races and genders. Thus, this paper first seeks to explain these stylised factsinvestigating the microeconomic determinants of employment for different groups of the population. An application of the residual difference method of decomposing group wage differences (Oaxaca, 1973) to discrete choice models enables us to investigate whether the age, racial and gender employment gaps reflect heterogeneous "productive" characteristics between the two groups (such as education, experience, family background, location etc.) or, alternatively, result from differences in the way these characteristics are rewarded on the market.

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Mlatsheni, Cecil, and Sandrine Rospabé. "Why is youth unemployment so high and unequally spread in South Africa?." Development Policy Research Unit , no. 02/65 (2002).
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