OECD Economics Department Working Papers

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1815-1973 (en ligne)
DOI :
10.1787/18151973
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Education Quality and Labour Market Outcomes in South Africa You or your institution have access to this content

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Auteur(s):
Nicola Branson1, Murray Leibbrandt1
Author Affiliations
  • 1: Université du Cap, Afrique du Sud

Date de publication
18 fév 2013
Bibliographic information
N°:
1021
Pages
32
DOI
10.1787/5k4dlffrb18t-en

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In this paper we include measures of school quality in regressions determining the labour market premiums to education level. We use the matric exemption score and the pupil/teacher ratio of the respondents’ closest school during childhood as proxies for education quality. We find that the employment and earnings premiums to education level are robust to the inclusion of these quality measures. Moreover, there is a significant direct relationship between our quality measures and earnings, controlling for education level. Increasing the matric exemption score by 10 percentage points increases earnings, on average, by 8% and decreasing the pupil/teacher ratio by one learner is associated with a 1% increase in earnings. No significant relationship is found between the school quality measures and employment.

This Working Paper relates to the 2013 OECD Economic Survey of South Africa, www.oecd.org/eco/surveys/listofeconomicsurveysofsouthafrica.htm.

Mots-clés:
employment, education, earnings, education quality, South Africa
Classification JEL:
  • I24: Health, Education, and Welfare / Education and Research Institutions / Education and Inequality
  • J21: Labor and Demographic Economics / Demand and Supply of Labor / Labor Force and Employment, Size, and Structure
  • J31: Labor and Demographic Economics / Wages, Compensation, and Labor Costs / Wage Level and Structure; Wage Differentials