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Race and the Incidence of Unemployment in South Africa

Kingdon, GG; Knight, J; (2004) Race and the Incidence of Unemployment in South Africa. Review of Development Economics , 8 (2) pp. 198-222. 10.1111/j.1467-9361.2004.00228.x. Green open access

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South Africa's unemployment rate is one of the highest in the world, and it has important distributional implications. The paper examines both entry into and duration of unemployment using data for the mid‐1990s. A probit model of unemployment shows an important role for race, education, age, gender, home‐ownership, location, and numerous other variables, all of which have plausible explanations. The large race gap in unemployment is explored further by means of a decomposition analysis akin to that normally used to analyze wage discrimination. There remains a substantial residual which might represent unobserved characteristics, such as quality of education, or discrimination.

Type: Article
Title: Race and the Incidence of Unemployment in South Africa
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-9361.2004.00228.x
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9361.2004.00228.x
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10050313
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