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Unions and the Gender Wage Gap in South Africa

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  • Daniela Casale
  • Dorrit Posel

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Studies of the wage effects of unions in South Africa have been concerned largely with the impact of union membership on the wages of African and White male workers. Consistent with findings in the international literature, these studies have concluded that unions compress the distribution of wages in South Africa, and more specifically, that racial inequality is lower in the union sector than in the non-union sector. In this paper, we explore whether unions in South Africa are associated with comparable gender wage effects among African workers, using data collected in the nationally representative Labour Force Surveys. In contrast to international studies, we find that the gender wage gap is larger in the union sector than in the non-union sector, in part reflecting the nature of occupational segregation by gender in union employment. We also consider how possible selection into union status affects our estimates, and demonstrate the difficulty of addressing this problem in the South African context by evaluating a variety of selection models.

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  • Daniela Casale & Dorrit Posel, 2009. "Unions and the Gender Wage Gap in South Africa," Working Papers 113, Economic Research Southern Africa.
  • Handle: RePEc:rza:wpaper:113
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    3. Budlender, Debbie., 2011. "Gender equality and social dialogue in South Africa," ILO Working Papers 994700183402676, International Labour Organization.

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