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Type Thesis or Dissertation - Master of Commerce specialising in Applied Economics
Title Measuring wages and inequality in South Africa using two nationally representative data series
Publication (Day/Month/Year) 2018
The National Income Dynamics Study (NIDS) and the Post-Apartheid Labour Market Series (PALMS) are two data sources frequently relied upon for research into earnings in South Africa. This paper contributes to the literature in three ways. Firstly, I show how NIDS data can be adjusted to account for item non-response using a bracket reweighting technique and the effects thereof. Secondly, I consider how estimates of the wage distribution differ between NIDS and PALMS when using the most comparable estimation methods available. Finally, I discuss what the data reveal about the evolution of inequality in South African wages between 2008 and 2014.

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