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Labour-market policy and employment: Lessons from the low-clothing industry

Principal Investigator: Nattrass, N, Seekings, J

South Africa’s labour-market and industrial policy appears to rest on the theory that raising minimum wages will help move firms ‘up the value-chain’ onto a more dynamic growth path. Any short-term employment consequences are implicitly assumed either to be worth it in the longer-run, or unlikely to happen in the presence of government support for firms making the transition.

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