Educational attainment and labour market outcomes in South Africa, 1994-2010

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Author: Branson, Nicola; Leibbrandt, Murray

Abstract:

In this paper we document the impact of education levels on labour market outcomes from 1994 to 2010 using national household survey data. We show that higher levels of education are strongly rewarded in the labour market in terms of earnings and that a tertiary qualification improves an individual's prospects of employment. While the premium for matric and incomplete secondary has fallen marginally over the period, the premium to tertiary has risen, especially for women. Differences in the reward to education level are evident for Africans versus the overall population, between urban and rural areas and for younger versus older workers. In particular, the premium to tertiary education has increased at a higher rate for Africans than for the overall population.

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In this paper we document the impact of education levels on labour market outcomes from 1994 to 2010 using national household survey data. We show that higher levels of education are strongly rewarded in the labour market in terms of earnings and that a tertiary qualification improves an individual's prospects of employment. While the premium for matric and incomplete secondary has fallen marginally over the period, the premium to tertiary has risen, especially for women. Differences in the reward to education level are evident for Africans versus the overall population, between ...  [+] Show more

Subjects: Outcomes; Labour market; Qualifications; Employment; Demographics

Keywords: Return on education and training; Educational level; Employability

Geographic subjects: South Africa; Africa

Published: Paris, France: OECD, 2013

Physical description: 32 p.

Access item:
http://dx.doi.org/10.1787/5k4c0vvbvv0q-en

Series:
OECD Economics Department working papers; no. 1022

ISSN: 1815-1973 (online)

Resource type: Working paper

Call Number:
TD/TNC 111.595



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