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Labor Unions and the Distribution of Wages and Employment in South Africa

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  • Schultz, T.P.
  • Mwabu, G.

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Labour unions are an important economic and political force in South Africa. Inequality in wage rates is among the largest in the world in South Africa, with African and white workers receiving wages that differ by a factor of five. The complex role of unions in closing and creating this wage gap is assessed in this paper. Union membership among Africa male workers is shown to be associated in 1993 with their receiving wages that are 145 percent higher than comparable nonunion workers in the bottom decile of the wage distribution.

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Paper provided by Yale - Economic Growth Center in its series Papers with number 776.

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Length: 51 pages
Date of creation: 1997
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Handle: RePEc:fth:yalegr:776

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Keywords: WAGES ; EMPLOYMENT ; LABOUR UNIONS ; SOUTH AFRICA;

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