Labour market segmentation in South Africa

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dc.contributor.author Cassim, Fuad
dc.date.accessioned 2010-08-24T08:46:40Z
dc.date.available 2010-08-24T08:46:40Z
dc.date.issued 2010-08-24
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10539/8504
dc.description African Studies Seminar series. Paper presented 29 March, 1982. en_US
dc.description.abstract This paper questions the applicability of neoclassical theory to the South African labour market and it adopts an alternative approach, namely, segmented labour market theory. Segmented labour market (SLM) theory has emerged only recently as an alternative to neoclassical analysis of wage determination. Drawing on this approach it will be shown that a model of racial dualism provides a better explanatory framework and generates greater insight into the issues of poverty and discrimination confronting the South African labour market. Moreover, viewing the labour market within this analytical perspective sheds some light on the inadequacies and failure of recent state policy. The paper begins with an analysis of the structure of labour markets in particular, and the concepts of the internal labour market (ILM), the dual labour market (DLM), and labour market segmentation in general. This is followed by an analysis of labour markets in South Africa. Though lack of adequate data poses a problem in so far as testing of the theory is concerned, the broad tendencies within the South African labour market indicate that the DLM approach can provide a useful basis to analyse the problems of low pay and income distribution. Finally, useful policy implications flow from this analysis. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries African Studies Institute;ISS 70
dc.subject Labor market. South Africa en_US
dc.title Labour market segmentation in South Africa en_US
dc.type Working Paper en_US


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