Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/161540
Authors: 
Bhorat, Haroon
Steenkamp, François
Rooney, Christopher
Kachingwe, Nomsa
Lees, Adrienne
Year of Publication: 
2016
Series/Report no.: 
WIDER Working Paper 2016/157
Abstract: 
The South African services sector is large and growing. This coupled with declining employment shares in manufacturing and mining (i.e. deindustrialization) suggests that South Africa is a de facto service-orientated economy. Employment patterns in services reveal a segmentation that is characterized by high-productivity, high-wage services, low-productivity, low-wage services, and government services. There has been sustained growth in services exports in the post-1994 period but the composition is biased toward traditional services. Increased entry into developing country markets is characterized by increasingly sophisticated services. A key driver of export growth is the expansion of foreign direct investment into developed country markets, and increasingly, into developing country markets, particularly African markets.
Subjects: 
services
economic development
South Africa
economic growth
structural change
JEL: 
L80
O14
O55
Persistent Identifier of the first edition: 
ISBN: 
978-92-9256-201-4
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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