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The Collapse of Primary Schooling Returns in South Africa 1960-90

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  • Moll, Peter G
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    By 1975, the effect of a year's primary schooling upon the wages of Africans in South Africa had fallen to about 2.5 percent--one of the lowest primary schooling returns in the world. Secondary schooling returns were high throughout the period 1960-90. The collapse of primary schooling returns was due to declining school quality, an increase in the supply of primary school graduates, an increase in mining wages in the mid-seventies, and wage regulation by the Industrial Councils and Wage Boards. The low level of the return, compared with the returns to other races in South Africa, is due to the low quality of African primary schools. Implications for education spending patterns and wage regulation are pointed out. Copyright 1996 by Blackwell Publishing Ltd

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    Article provided by Department of Economics, University of Oxford in its journal Oxford Bulletin of Economics & Statistics.

    Volume (Year): 58 (1996)
    Issue (Month): 1 (February)
    Pages: 185-209

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    Handle: RePEc:bla:obuest:v:58:y:1996:i:1:p:185-209

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    1. Hannum, Emily & Buchmann, Claudia, 2005. "Global Educational Expansion and Socio-Economic Development: An Assessment of Findings from the Social Sciences," World Development, Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 33(3), pages 333-354, March.
    2. Dave Liu, 2007. "Growth Theory and Application: The Case of South Africa," Working Papers 200714, University of Pretoria, Department of Economics.
    3. Geeta Gandhi Kingdon & John Knight, 2006. "How flexible are wages in response to local unemployment in South Africa?," Industrial and Labor Relations Review, ILR Review, Cornell University, ILR School, vol. 59(3), pages 471-495, April.
    4. Monazza Aslam, 2006. "Rates of Return to Education by Gender in Pakistan," Economics Series Working Papers GPRG-WPS-064, University of Oxford, Department of Economics.
    5. Francis Teal & Måns Söderbom, 2004. "The Dynamics of Returns to Education in Kenyan and Tanzanian Manufacturing," Economics Series Working Papers WPS/2003-17, University of Oxford, Department of Economics.
    6. Steve F Koch & Ssekabira Ntege, 2008. "Returns to Schooling: Skills Accumulation or Information Revelation?," Working Papers 87, Economic Research Southern Africa.

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