Changes in self-employment in the agricultural sector, South Africa: 1994-2012

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dc.contributor.author Neyens, Liz
dc.contributor.author Wittenberg, Martin
dc.date.accessioned 2016-09-08T15:17:27Z
dc.date.available 2016-09-08T15:17:27Z
dc.date.issued 2016-09
dc.identifier.citation Neyens, L., Wittenberg, M. (2016). Changes in self-employment in the agricultural sector, South Africa: 1994-2012. A Southern Africa Labour and Development Research Unit Working Paper Number 173. Cape Town: SALDRU, University of Cape Town
dc.identifier.isbn 978-1-928281-34-4
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11090/822
dc.description.abstract While South Africa enjoys a wealth of household and firm data that speaks to the evolution of the labour market since the end of apartheid in 1994, the interpretation of these data is complicated by a variety of measurement and fieldwork changes that have occurred over this time period. These changes have been well documented by Wittenberg (2004, 2014), Casale, Muller, and Posel (2004), and Yu (2007). One of the most dramatic changes that must be considered when examining employment trends over this period is the apparent increase in self-employment that took place with the switch from the October Household Surveys (OHS) to the Labour Force Surveys (LFS). With this change in survey instrument, there was a seeming increase in the number of self-employed agricultural workers from roughly 150 000 in the last wave of the OHS (October 1999) to more than 1.4 million in the first wave of the LFS (February 2000). The number of self-employed agricultural workers (SEAWs) drops somewhat after September 2000 but remains elevated throughout all waves of the LFS compared to previous OHS waves and later Quarterly Labour Force Survey (QLFS) waves. This series, calculated using the Post-Apartheid Labour Market Series (PALMS) which combines all three survey instruments—OHS, LFS, and QLFS en_US
dc.description.sponsorship About the Author(s) Liz Neyens, Analyst, Analysis Group Inc., Boston Martin Wittenberg, Director, DataFirst, University of Cape Town Acknowledgements This work was begun while Liz Neyens was an intern at DataFirst. We are grateful for the fi nancial support provided by the Jackson Institute for Global Aff airs at Yale University which made that visit possible. We would like to thank Andrew Kerr for reading this document and making helpful comments. Disclaimer The views presented are those of the authors and do not refl ect those of Analysis Group or its clients. Research for this paper was partially undertaken while the fi rst author was a graduate student at Yale University. This is a joint SALDRU Working Paper and DataFirst Technical Paper. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Saldru Working Paper;173
dc.subject Self-employment en_US
dc.subject Agricultural workers en_US
dc.subject South Africa en_US
dc.subject Post-Apartheid Labour Market Series (PALMS) en_US
dc.title Changes in self-employment in the agricultural sector, South Africa: 1994-2012 en_US
dc.type Working Paper en_US


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