7 maalis 2018

WIDER Seminar Series – Occupational gender segregation in post-apartheid South Africa

Date and time:
7.3.2018 15:00 – 16:00
UNU-WIDER, Katajanokanlaituri 6 B, Helsinki
Event language:
free event
United Nations University World Institute for Development (UNU-WIDER)


UNU-WIDER invites all local and visiting researchers, policy makers, and others working on or interested in development topics to attend its weekly seminar in Helsinki.

The WIDER Seminar Series showcases recent and ongoing work on key topics in development economics.

On 7 March Carlos Gradín, Research Fellow at UNU-WIDER, will present his work on occupational gender segregation in post-apartheid South Africa. See the full schedule for the first part of the spring 2018 session here.

Abstract – Occupational gender segregation in post-apartheid South Africa

In this paper, we show that occupations in South Africa are not only segregated and stratified by race, but also by gender. While some women (mostly black) overwhelmingly fill low-paying jobs, others (mostly white and Asian) tend to fill higher-paying professional positions. We find evidence that points at a long-term reduction in gender segregation and stratification with women and men entering occupations previously dominated by the other gender, although this trend is sensitive to several data considerations. Most recent evidence, however, points at stagnation in this process. Distinct worker characteristics by gender, such as education, location, or age, cannot explain existing segregation, or women’s over-representation in low-paying jobs, compared with men, but they do help to partially explain their over-representation in higher-paying positions.

Registration: no registration needed

Key words: gender, equality, labor market, South Africa, development economics