Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/190102
Authors: 
Gradín, Carlos
Year of Publication: 
2018
Series/Report no.: 
WIDER Working Paper 2018/53
Abstract: 
In this paper, I show that occupations in South Africa are segregated and stratified not only by race, but also by gender. While some women (mostly black and Coloured) overwhelmingly fill low-paying jobs, others (mostly white and Indian/Asian but also Coloured) tend to fill higher-paying professional positions. I find some evidence of a long-term reduction in gender segregation and stratification, with women and men entering occupations previously dominated by the other gender, although this trend is sensitive to several data considerations. Most recent evidence, however, points at stagnation in this process. Distinct worker characteristics by gender, such as education, location, or age, cannot explain existing segregation or women's overrepresentation in low-paying jobs, compared with men. They do, however, partially explain their overrepresentation in higher-paying positions.
Subjects: 
gender
occupational segregation
stratification
low pay
post-apartheid
South Africa
JEL: 
J16
J42
J71
J82
O15
O55
ISBN: 
978-92-9256-495-7
Document Type: 
Working Paper
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