15 Nov 2018 / 13:00 to 15:00
Technical workshop

Work in progress meeting - Turning the tide on inequality

Researchers from the Turning the tide on inequality work stream will meet in Pretoria to share their works in progress. The annual meeting provides an opportunity for researchers to share the progress of their work and to explore areas for research advancement.

SA-TIED researchers will present here ongoing research on inequality in South Africa. Their work covers wage and earnings inequality, wealth inequality, gender-based income inequality, the demography of inequality, how market concentration affects the distribution of earnings, and more. Researchers will also discuss the role that newly available tax data can play in deepening inequality research to answer difficult questions such as:

  • What kinds of social, economic, or institutional change might contribute to more rapid transformation of opportunities for the bottom half of the household income distribution?
  • What kinds of constraints on power and privilege might contribute to fairer outcomes at the top tail of the distribution?
  • How do patterns of educational opportunity relate to labour market outcomes?
  • And, what kinds of practical reforms can improve equality outcomes for South Africa?

The research presented represents one way that SA-TIED is supporting a sustained and inclusive development path for South Africa and the region.

  Turning the Tide on Inequality - Work in Progress Meeting  
Time Activity Chair

13:15 – 13:25



13:25 – 15:25

Competition, earnings inequality, and inclusive growth

  • Wage inequality within and between firms in South Africa (Andrew Kerr and Aroop Chatterjee)
  • Product market competition and labour market outcomes: Firm-level evidence from South Africa (Patrizio Piraino)
  • Market power and market concentration in South Africa: Evidence from administrative data (Joshua Budlender)
  • Towards an inclusive growth strategy for South Africa (Andrew Donaldson)

Murray Leibbrandt

15:25 – 15:45

Tea break

Murray Leibbrandt

15:45 – 17:45

Data, Gender, Demography and Inequality

  • A new demographic model of the South African population (Rob Dorrington and Andrew Kerr )
  • Inequality and the generational economy in South Africa (Morne Oosthuizen)
  • Gender-based earning inequality in South Africa: Evidence from PALMS and implications for policy (Jacqueline Musomi)
  • Employment trends and data harmonisation (Andrew Kerr)

Murray Leibbrandt

17:45 – 18:00

Closing remarks

Murray Leibbrandt

18:30 – 20:30



Attendance at this event is by invitation only.