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Working PaperThe impact of employment protection on the temporary employment services sector: Evidence from South Africa using data from tax records
Attempts to regulate the temporary employment sector have had mixed results internationally. In South Africa, temporary employment was regulated in 2015 through amendments to the Labour Relations Act...Administrative data employment protection legislation regression discontinuity
Working PaperEstimating the distribution of household wealth in South Africa
This paper estimates the distribution of personal wealth in South Africa by combining tax microdata, household surveys, and macroeconomic balance sheet statistics...Administrative data households balance sheets income capitalization
BlogHow a data revolution in South Africa can help address gender inequality
In 2016, we joined a project in South Africa working to make tax data available for research purposes...Administrative data Employment Gender
ProjectBuilding up efficient and fair tax systems - lessons based on administrative tax data
Theme: Current programmeTaxation Administrative data Tax compliance
Working PaperEarnings and employment microdata in South Africa
Traditionally, analysts of the South African labour market have used household survey data to describe earnings and employment in the post-Apartheid period...Administrative data Data sources Earnings
Working PaperMeasuring wealth inequality in South Africa: An agenda
Understanding wealth inequality has unique significance in South Africa. The co-existence of extreme poverty and extreme wealth is starkly visible. Apartheid-era inequality has persisted despite more than 20 years of democracy...Administrative data wealth inequality
Working PaperThe size distribution of monetary policy effects among South African manufacturing firms: Firm-level evidence from administrative tax data
Monetary policy is believed to have a disproportionate effect on firms, depending on their size...credit channel Firm heterogeneity Financial constraints
Working PaperGender and the South African labour market: Policy relevant research possibilities using South African tax data
This paper has three primary objectives...Administrative data Employment Gender
Working PaperCan a wage subsidy system help reduce 50 per cent youth unemployment?: Evidence from South Africa
The paper examines the incidence and employment impacts of the Employment Tax Incentive, a South African wage subsidy system that is targeted at the employers of low-wage youth...Employment youth unemployment Taxation
Working PaperThe creation of an individual panel using administrative tax microdata in South Africa
The availability of anonymized individual tax return data can contribute to a deeper understanding of the drivers behind the high levels of inequality and unemployment in South Africa...Tax data Administrative data
Working PaperTop incomes’ impacts on inequality, growth, and social welfare: Combining surveys and income tax data in Brazil
This paper evaluates the impacts of combining household surveys with income tax return files, in terms of growth, inequality, and social welfare in Brazil from 2007 to 2015...Labour income personal income tax Household data
Working PaperHow large is the wage penalty in the labour broker sector?: Evidence for South Africa using administrative data
Public debate on the temporary employment services, or labour broker, sector in South Africa has focused on temporary workers’ wages and benefits...temporary employment services Wage differentials Administrative data
AboutSA-TIED work stream 2: Public revenue mobilization for inclusive development
This work stream has two main aims. First, to arrange access to individual and firm-level taxpayer data at South African Revenue Service (SARS) for research use. The goal is to create well documented longitudinal datasets with key variables that can...Public revenue Administrative data
Working PaperFirm-level determinants of earnings in the formal sector of the South African labour market
Labour market analysis in the South African context provides a relatively robust understanding of the individual characteristics that influence wage differentials across workers (i.e...Administrative data Tax Firm level analysis