Labour

A major focus of RESEP labour research is to produce robust quantitative analysis on issues of unemployment and (minimum) wages, the teaching profession, and labour market decision making.

Working Papers: Labour

The gendered effects of the ongoing lockdown and school closures in South Africa: Evidence from NIDS-CRAM Waves 1 and 2

The data from Wave 1 of NIDS-CRAM showed that women were disproportionately affected by the Covid- 19 crisis and the first month of the lockdown period in South Africa. Not only were they much more likely than men to lose their jobs between February and April or to work fewer hours compared to the pre-crisis period, they also took on a greater share of the additional childcare as a result of school closures and the suspension of all childcare services. In this policy paper, we use Wave 2 of NIDS-CRAM to explore how women and men have fared as the economy started to reopen and lockdown restrictions were relaxed.

December 7, 2020 By: Debra Shepherd, Daniela Casale PDF

The value of reference letters

Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP06/2017

Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP06/2017 Publication date: June 2017 Abstract: We show that reference letters from former employers alleviate information asymmetries about workers’ skills…

July 16, 2018 By: Rulof Burger PDF

The South African informal sector (1997 – 2006)

Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP03/2008

Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP03/2008 Abstract: According to the 2006 September Labour Force Survey, approximately 22% of the employed (excluding domestic workers and agricultural…

October 17, 2017 By: Hassan Essop, Derek Yu PDF

The South African labour market: 1995 – 2006

Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP05/2008

Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP05/2008 Abstract: Given the importance of the labour market to economic activity in any country, it is important to correctly…

October 17, 2017 By: Derek Yu PDF