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Discrimination and horizontal inequalities in the South African labour market

May 22 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Presenter: Vimal Ranchhod
Date: 22 May 2024
Time: 13:00-14:00 SAST
Format: Hybrid
In-person venue: Seminar Room, Level 4, School of Economics Building
(Light lunch served in the adjacent Staff Lounge from 12:30)
Please RSVP for catering purposes by Friday 17 May.
Online via Zoom


A joint SALDRU/ACEIR seminar to be presented by Vimal Ranchhod on discrimination and horizontal inequalities in the South African labour market.


We use QLFS and LMDS data from 2015 and 2020 to measure the difference in mean labour market outcomes in South Africa by race and gender. We then use a Blinder Oaxaca decomposition to measure the proportion of the gap in outcomes that is unexplained by our covariates. We find that the unexplained component of the gap is large and remains large in both 2015 and 2020. Including Occupation and Industry into the wage regressions decreases the unexplained gap substantially, which indicates that occupational sorting is particularly important for understanding employment and wage differentials in South Africa.


About the presenter:
Professor Vimal Ranchhod is the Deputy-Director of the Southern Africa Labour and Development Research Unit, School of Economics at the University of Cape Town, and the Director of ACEIR’s South Africa node. He holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Michigan, United States. His research interests include labour economics, economic demography, the economics of inequality, and the economics of education.


May 22
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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UCT School of Economics, 4th Floor Seminar Room
UCT Middle Campus
Cape Town, Western Cape 7700 South Africa
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