Towards employment-intensive growth in South Africa


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  • Format: Soft Cover
  • ISBN: 9781775820079
  • Language(s): English
  • Extent: 408 pages
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  • Category: UCT Press

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South Africa’s high rate of unemployment (25%) makes it a complete outlier compared with other middle-income countries. Indeed, the unemployment rate rises to 33% if discouraged workers are taken into account. It underpins extreme poverty and inequality and is a major contributor to social dislocation. If it were not for increased social payments, poverty would have continued to increase since the advent of democracy in 1994. Unemployment also represents a huge cost to growth.

This book focuses on the growth path of the economy. The starting point is that while more rapid economic expansion is an important objective, at any given level of growth, the economy as a whole needs to become more labour-absorbing. The central question posed is how to bring about changes in the economic structure and pattern of development, which would lead to the attainment of this objective.

The authors argue that employment needs to be much more centrally positioned within the economic and social policy arena. They emphasise innovative approaches within a broader focus on the growth path, and employment-intensive growth. And they posit that the negative impact of previous ‘distortions’ requires much more than a levelling of the playing field via market-based reforms. Apart from presenting an alternative growth path which could start to shift the economy in new directions, the book tackles themes which have received only limited attention, such as wage subsidies, youth unemployment and employment growth in rural areas.

The electronic version of Towards employment-intensive growth in South Africa is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution - Non-Commercial - No Derivative Works 3.0 South Africa License.

Part 1: Overview

Chapter 1 - Introduction: Employment Intensive Growth  - Anthony Black

Chapter 2 - Employment Centered Policies in an International Context - Rolph van der Hoeven

Chapter 3 - The South African Unemployment debate: A Basis for Consistent Policy on Employment? - Frederick C.v.N. Fourie

 

Part 2: Employment and the Structure of the Economy

Chapter 4 - Employment Outcomes and Earnings in Post-apartheid South Africa - Haroon Bhorat and Natasha Mayet

Chapter 5 - Sectoral Dimensions of Employment Intensity - Fiona Tregenna

Chapter 6 - Inequality Traps and Human Capital Accumulation in South Africa - Miquel Pellicer & Vimal Ranchhod

 

Part 3: The Rural Sector

Chapter 7 - Contemporary Agrarian Transformation and Rural Development: Large-scale Land Investments and the Question of Labour - Wang Chunyu, Saturnino M. Borras Jr. and Carol Hunsberger

Chapter 8 - The Penumbra of Employment: Impoverished Rural Livelihoods in South Africa - David Neves and Andries du Toit

Chapter 9 - Is there a Case for Greater Support for Agriculture? - Anthony Black, Beatrice Conradie and Hein Gerwel

 

Part 4: Policies for employment

Chapter 10 - International Experience in Assisting Youth Find Jobs and Lessons for South Africa - Cecil Mlatsheni

Chapter 11 - Wage Subsidies and Employment Creation in South Africa - Justine Burns, Kalie Pauw and Lawrence Edwards

Chapter 12 - Public Employment and Inclusive Growth: Unlocking the Transformative Power of Labour - Kate Philip

 

Part 5: Employment and the manufacturing sector

Chapter 13 - Capital Intensive Industrialisation, Comparative Advantage and Industrial Policy - Anthony Black and Reviva Hasson

Chapter 14 - Institutions, Wage Differentiation and the Structure of Employment in South Africa - Nicoli Nattrass & Jeremy Seekings

Chapter 15 - The Limits of Co-operation in a Divided Society: The Political Economy of South Africa’s Garment and Textile Industry - Mike Morris and Brian Levy

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South Africa’s high rate of unemployment (25%) makes it a complete outlier compared with other middle-income countries. Indeed, the unemployment rate rises to 33% if discouraged workers are taken into account. It underpins extreme poverty and inequality and is a major contributor to social dislocation. If it were not for increased social payments, poverty would have continued to increase since the advent of democracy in 1994. Unemployment also represents a huge cost to growth.

This book focuses on the growth path of the economy. The starting point is that while more rapid economic expansion is an important objective, at any given level of growth, the economy as a whole needs to become more labour-absorbing. The central question posed is how to bring about changes in the economic structure and pattern of development, which would lead to the attainment of this objective.

The authors argue that employment needs to be much more centrally positioned within the economic and social policy arena. They emphasise innovative approaches within a broader focus on the growth path, and employment-intensive growth. And they posit that the negative impact of previous ‘distortions’ requires much more than a levelling of the playing field via market-based reforms. Apart from presenting an alternative growth path which could start to shift the economy in new directions, the book tackles themes which have received only limited attention, such as wage subsidies, youth unemployment and employment growth in rural areas.

The electronic version of Towards employment-intensive growth in South Africa is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution - Non-Commercial - No Derivative Works 3.0 South Africa License.

Part 1: Overview

Chapter 1 - Introduction: Employment Intensive Growth  - Anthony Black

Chapter 2 - Employment Centered Policies in an International Context - Rolph van der Hoeven

Chapter 3 - The South African Unemployment debate: A Basis for Consistent Policy on Employment? - Frederick C.v.N. Fourie

 

Part 2: Employment and the Structure of the Economy

Chapter 4 - Employment Outcomes and Earnings in Post-apartheid South Africa - Haroon Bhorat and Natasha Mayet

Chapter 5 - Sectoral Dimensions of Employment Intensity - Fiona Tregenna

Chapter 6 - Inequality Traps and Human Capital Accumulation in South Africa - Miquel Pellicer & Vimal Ranchhod

 

Part 3: The Rural Sector

Chapter 7 - Contemporary Agrarian Transformation and Rural Development: Large-scale Land Investments and the Question of Labour - Wang Chunyu, Saturnino M. Borras Jr. and Carol Hunsberger

Chapter 8 - The Penumbra of Employment: Impoverished Rural Livelihoods in South Africa - David Neves and Andries du Toit

Chapter 9 - Is there a Case for Greater Support for Agriculture? - Anthony Black, Beatrice Conradie and Hein Gerwel

 

Part 4: Policies for employment

Chapter 10 - International Experience in Assisting Youth Find Jobs and Lessons for South Africa - Cecil Mlatsheni

Chapter 11 - Wage Subsidies and Employment Creation in South Africa - Justine Burns, Kalie Pauw and Lawrence Edwards

Chapter 12 - Public Employment and Inclusive Growth: Unlocking the Transformative Power of Labour - Kate Philip

 

Part 5: Employment and the manufacturing sector

Chapter 13 - Capital Intensive Industrialisation, Comparative Advantage and Industrial Policy - Anthony Black and Reviva Hasson

Chapter 14 - Institutions, Wage Differentiation and the Structure of Employment in South Africa - Nicoli Nattrass & Jeremy Seekings

Chapter 15 - The Limits of Co-operation in a Divided Society: The Political Economy of South Africa’s Garment and Textile Industry - Mike Morris and Brian Levy

Policy-makers and academics in the area of economics, development studies and land reform.

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