Gender wage differentials and discrimination in the New South Africa
Author: Hinks, Timothy
Source: Applied Economics, Volume 34, Number 16, 10 November 2002 , pp. 2043-2052(10)
Abstract:Research into discrimination within South Africa (SA) has focused on racial issues, with gender issues being largely ignored. This study aims to estimate gender wage differentials and through decomposition analysis understand the different problems faced by white, black, coloured and Indian/Asian in 1995. It is found that white and Asian females suffer greater gender discrimination than their black and coloured counterparts, which could be a signal to future problems black and coloured females may encounter. The largest gender wage differential is faced by white females, whilst the lowest is encountered by coloured and black females. A possible explanation for this finding is the low (subsistence) wages that the black and coloured population groups command relative to other population groups.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: 10 November 2002