South African labour market transitions during the global financial and economic crisis : micro-level evidence from the NIDS panel and matched QLFS cross-sections
Institute of Development Policy and Management
Antwerp :UA, Institute of Development Policy and Management, 2013
IOB working paper / University of Antwerp, Institute of Development Policy and Management ; 2013:12
University of Antwerp
This paper studies individual-level labour market transitions and their determinants in South Africa during the zenith and aftermath of the global financial and economic crisis using 2008-2010/11 panel data from the National Income Dynamics Study (NIDS) and matched cross-sections of the Quarterly Labour Force Survey (QLFS) over 2008Q1-2012Q4. We uncover considerable movement in South African labour markets over the crisis period. Chances of continued employment significantly vary along gender, age and education levels and between different sorts of occupations and sectors of employment. Although we do find time variation in the economic significance of some of these explanatory variables, it remains difficult to link this variation directly to the evolution of South Africas economy over the course of the crisis.