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The Changing Nature of Inequality in South Africa


  • Jenkins, C.
  • Thomas, L.


The dispersion of racial incomes in South Africa has been declining since the mid 1970s. This has been accompanied by rising within-group inequality, especially amongst blacks, driven by growing unemployment. In this study, it is argued that labour market changes resulting from the breakdown of apartheid in the workplace dominated shifts in the distribution of income during the 1970s and 1980s.

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  • Jenkins, C. & Thomas, L., 2000. "The Changing Nature of Inequality in South Africa," Research Paper 203, World Institute for Development Economics Research.
  • Handle: RePEc:fth:wodeec:203

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    Cited by:

    1. Delfin S. Go & John Page, 2008. "Africa at a Turning Point? : Growth, Aid, and External Shocks," World Bank Publications, The World Bank, number 6421.
    2. Gilbert, Tal & Gilbert, Leah, 2004. "Globalisation and local power: influences on health matters in South Africa," Health Policy, Elsevier, vol. 67(3), pages 245-255, March.

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    JEL classification:

    • J71 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Labor Discrimination - - - Hiring and Firing
    • J7 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Labor Discrimination


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