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Teacher pay in South Africa


  • Servaas van der Berg

    () (Department of Economics, University of Stellenbosch)

  • Rulof Burger

    () (Department of Economics, University of Stellenbosch)


The role of teachers in achieving good quality education is universally acknowledged. What is less clear is what incentives are required to attract good teachers to teaching. Incentives, including teachers pay, need to be sufficient yet, in the light of fiscal resource constraints, not excessive. This paper deals with the issue of teacher pay in South Africa before the introduction of the recent Occupation Specific Dispensation (OSD) for teachers, that was intended to offer more attractive lifetime incentives to teachers in order to attract quality teachers. The paper first reviews the literature on teacher pay internationally and for South Africa, before using recent South African household surveys to empirically compare the wage received by teachers to that received by non-teachers with a similar level of education.

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  • Servaas van der Berg & Rulof Burger, 2010. "Teacher pay in South Africa," Working Papers 26/2010, Stellenbosch University, Department of Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:sza:wpaper:wpapers125

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    1. Emiliana Vegas, 2005. "Incentives to Improve Teaching : Lessons from Latin America," World Bank Publications, The World Bank, number 7265.
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    teacher pay; wages; labour market; incentives;

    JEL classification:

    • J31 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Wages, Compensation, and Labor Costs - - - Wage Level and Structure; Wage Differentials
    • J45 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Particular Labor Markets - - - Public Sector Labor Markets
    • I22 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Educational Finance; Financial Aid

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