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Quality of education and the labour market: A conceptual and literature overview

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  • Eldridge Moses

    (Department of Economics, University of Stellenbosch)

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In South Africa earnings inequality between races still persists despite the convergence of educational attainment between races. There is a now a growing body of evidence which suggests that the quality of education received by South Africans differs markedly amongst and within race groups, and that schools differ substantially in their ability to impart cognitive skills. This paper reviews the international and South African literature which considers the role of education quality in improving labour market prospects. Education quality is considered from both from an input and output perspective. This paper concludes that education output quality, particularly the ability of a school system to impart cognitive skills, is a crucial determinant of labour market success.

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  • Eldridge Moses, 2011. "Quality of education and the labour market: A conceptual and literature overview," Working Papers 07/2011, Stellenbosch University, Department of Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:sza:wpaper:wpapers135
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    1. Steven Dunga & Lerato Mothibi, 2019. "Education And Earnings In South Africa: An Application Of The Mincerian Function," Proceedings of International Academic Conferences 9010584, International Institute of Social and Economic Sciences.

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    Keywords

    South Africa; Education; Earnings Functions; Education Quality; Cognitive Skills; Labour Market;
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    JEL classification:

    • I20 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - General
    • I21 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Analysis of Education
    • I30 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty - - - General
    • J30 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Wages, Compensation, and Labor Costs - - - General

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