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Type Journal Article - Demography
Title Racial differences in occupational status and income in South Africa, 1880 and 1881
Volume 33
Issue 1
Publication (Day/Month/Year) 1996
Page numbers 111-132
Using data on employed men from the 1980 and 1991 South African Censuses, we analyze the determinants of occupational status and income. Whites are found to have much higher occupational status, and especially income, than members of other racial groups. Most of the racial differentials in occupational status can be explained by racial differences in the personal assets that determine occupational attainment (especially education), but only a much smaller fraction of the White/non-White income differential can be so explained. Despite a modest reduction between 1980 and 1991 in the role of race in socioeconomic attainment, the overall picture shows more stability than change.

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