Is there an informal employment wage penalty? Evidence from South Africa

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dc.contributor.author Walsh, Frank
dc.contributor.author Badaoui, Eliane
dc.contributor.author Strobl, Eric
dc.date.accessioned 2008-05-30T16:28:47Z
dc.date.available 2008-05-30T16:28:47Z
dc.date.copyright Copyright 2008 by The University of Chicago en
dc.date.issued 2008-04
dc.identifier.citation Economic Development and Cultural Change en
dc.identifier.issn 0013-0079
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10197/182
dc.description.abstract We estimate the wage penalty associated with working in the South African informal sector. To this end we use a rich data set on non-self employed males that allows one to accurately distinguish workers employed in the informal sector from those employed in the formal sector and link individuals over time. Implementing various econometric approaches we find that there is a gross wage penalty of a little over 18 per cent for working in the informal sector. However, once we reduce our sample to a group for which we can reasonably calculate earnings net of taxes and control for time invariant unobservables the wage penalty disappears. en
dc.format.extent 4304 bytes
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher University of Chicago Press en
dc.relation.isversionof Badaoui, E., Strobl, E. and Walsh, F. (2007) Is There An Informal Employment Wage Penalty? Evidence from South Africa (IZA Discussion Paper No. 3151). Bonn: Institute for the Study of Labor en
dc.rights All rights reserved en
dc.rights.uri Publisher's copyright policy en
dc.rights.uri http://www.journals.uchicago.edu/page/rights.html en
dc.subject Informal sector en
dc.subject Wage penalty en
dc.subject South Africa en
dc.subject.classification J31 en
dc.subject.classification O17 en
dc.subject.lcsh Informal sector (Economics)--South Africa en
dc.subject.lcsh Wages--South Africa en
dc.title Is there an informal employment wage penalty? Evidence from South Africa en
dc.type Journal Article en
dc.internal.authorurl Walsh, Frank en
dc.internal.authorurl http://www.ucd.ie/economics/staff/fwalsh/ en
dc.internal.authorcontactother frank.walsh@ucd.ie; 353 +1 716 8697 en
dc.internal.authorid UCD0024 en
dc.internal.availability Full text available en
dc.internal.webversions Publisher's version en
dc.internal.webversions http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/533550 en
dc.status Peer reviewed en
dc.identifier.volume 56 en
dc.identifier.issue 3 en
dc.identifier.startpage 683 en
dc.identifier.endpage 710 en
dc.check.date 2009-04
dc.identifier.doi 10.1086/533550
dc.neeo.contributor Badaoui|Eliane|aut|
dc.neeo.contributor Strobl|Eric|aut|
dc.neeo.contributor Walsh|Frank|aut|UCD0024


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