Labour Markets

  • Year 2012
  • Author(s) Thomas Höppli
Emigration of highly skilled people has become an increasing concern in South Africa. While it is uncontested that such emigration can have detrimental effects in the form of a brain drain, this policy brief argues that South Africa could also draw some benefits from this emigration. It recommends that the country resumes its…"
Published in Policy Briefs

  • Project SADRN
  • Year 2011
Globally, a rapid increase of mobile tertiary education seekers has been observed. In 2005, more than 2.7 million tertiary education students were studying in a country other than their own, representing an increase of about 61% since 1999.  Trade in education services is increasingly becoming important worldwide. Saner and  Fasel (2003)* observe that…"
Published in Policy Briefs

  • Project SADRN
  • Year 2011
A number of factors have propelled the rapid demand for foreign higher education services. These include the need for internationally recognised qualifications, the demand for highly skilled labour in both developed and developing countries, and the inclination by several countries towards promoting foreign collaborations to improve the quality of domestic higher education."
Published in Policy Briefs

  • Year 2010
  • Organisation University of KwaZulu-Natal
  • Author(s) Justin Visagie
  • Countries and Regions South Africa
Session 3B: Measuring Social and Education Progress"

  • Year 2010
  • Organisation University of Western Cape; University of Stellenbosch; University of the Western Cape; University of the Western Cape
  • Author(s) Zwakele Dlomo; Ada Jansen; Mariana Moses; Derek Yu
  • Countries and Regions South Africa
Session 3B: Measuring Social and Education Progress"

  • Year 2010
  • Organisation University of KwaZulu-Natal
  • Author(s) Daniela Casale; Dorrit Posel
  • Countries and Regions South Africa
Session 8A: Wage Dynamics"

  • Year 2010
  • Organisation MERSETA
  • Author(s) Salim Akoojee
  • Countries and Regions South Africa
Session 2A: Scarce Skills"

  • Year 2010
  • Organisation Jet Educational Services
  • Author(s) Anthony Gewer
  • Countries and Regions South Africa
Session 2A: Scarce Skills"

  • Year 2010
  • Organisation University of Pretoria
  • Author(s) Andrew Merrifield
  • Countries and Regions South Africa
Session 2A: Scarce Skills"

  • Year 2009
  • Organisation TIPS
  • Author(s) M. Nyambe, J. , Walubita, B. and du Plessis, C
  • Countries and Regions Namibia
In the era of globalisation, there is widespread recognition that knowledge-based industries have become a significant contributor to economic growth and development. To be internationally competitive in a global economy requires the creation of distinctive assets such as knowledge, skills, innovation and creativity. Knowledge has become an internationally recognized factor of production with…"

  • Year 2009
  • Organisation Services Sector Development Thematic Working Group; TIPS, BIDPA and UoM
  • Author(s) Johnson Tsoro Maiketso
  • Countries and Regions Botswana
Trade in services generally is viewed as a potentially viable option to contribute to the much needed economic diversification in Botswana. This study is informed by the ongoing policy discussions about the need to develop an educational hub in Botswana. It is intended to be a constructive contribution to these policy discussions. We…"

  • Year 2009
  • Organisation Services Sector Development Thematic Working Group; TIPS, BIDPA and UoM
  • Author(s) Kara Mackay
  • Countries and Regions South Africa
In the era of globalisation, there is widespread recognition that knowledge-based industries have become a significant contributor to economic growth and development. To be internationally competitive in a global economy requires the creation of distinctive assets such as knowledge, skills, innovation and creativity. Knowledge has become an internationally recognized factor of production with…"

  • Year 2006
  • Author(s) Dorrit Posel and Rosa Dias
  • Countries and Regions South Africa
This paper investigates the relationship between education and unemployment in post-apartheid South Africa, and probes the argument that employment growth has been inhibited particularly by skills constraints. We use probit regression analysis to show that higher education protected against unemployment in both 1995 and 2003, and that overall, the relative benefits to tertiary…"

  • Year 2006
  • Author(s) Steven F Koch and Simon Ssekabira Ntege
  • Countries and Regions South Africa
This paper empirically contributes towards the debate between the human capital and screening theories. Using South Africa's September 2004 Labour Force Survey data, and after controlling for self-selection, the weak and strong versions of screening hypothesis are tested. The honour's degree, and certificates or diplomas got without grade twelve, provide evidence for the…"

  • Year 2004
  • Author(s) Craig Gundersen; Thomas Kelly; Kyle Jemison
  • Countries and Regions Zimbabwe
We examine the effect of orphan status on school enrolment in Zimbabwe, a country strongly impacted by the HIV/AIDS pandemic with a rapidly growing population of orphans. Using data from 2003, after controlling for other determinants of enrolment we find that orphans are less likely to attend school than non-orphans. The result is…"

  • Year 2004
  • Author(s) David Fryer
  • Countries and Regions South Africa
There is significant consensus that unemployment and more generally, exclusion from the labour market,is the central socio-economic problem in South Africa. Joblessness is strongly implicated in such socio-economic problems as crime, poverty, alcoholism, HIV-AIDS, and even poor educational outcomes and low skill levels (see for example Bhorat etal.2001; Fryer and Vencatachellum, 2004; Nattrass,…"

  • Year 2003
  • Author(s) Marna Kearney
Poverty in South Africa is severe. Zero-rating food can possibly reduce poverty as poor households spend the largest proportion of their income on food. Zero-rating food can also reduce the regressiveness of Value Added Tax (VAT) for the same reason. However, zero-rating food will results in a loss in revenue for government. Zero-rating…"

  • Year 2003
  • Author(s) Albert Van Zyl; Carlene Van Der Westhuisen
  • Countries and Regions South Africa
Under Government's GEAR policy, high levels of expenditure on social services (i.e. Social Development, Health, Education and Housing), failed to bring about a reduction in poverty and unemployment. The Government, in particular the National Treasury, blamed this outcome on the inefficiency in the delivery of social services. The "Left", especially COSATU and its…"

  • Year 2013
  • Author(s) Rulof Burger; Ronelle Burger; Servaas van der Berg
  • Countries and Regions South Africa
This paper looks at social mobility in the context of a growing economy. The nature and extent of Black affluence in South Africa provides an indicator of the impact of efforts to eradicate the remnants of apartheid-era racial discrimination in the South African education system and labour market. Most studies examining social mobility…"
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