Labour Economics

Labour Economics

By: Mr Andrew Levy (editor)Paperback

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Labour Economics: An Introduction for South African Students presents a clear, rigorous, and enquiring introduction to the field of labour economics. Beginning from a solid theoretical foundation, the text maintains an inherent focus on the application of empirical theory and policy to contemporary labour market issues, analysing many of the key issues which introduce critical dynamics to the modern South African economy. The text provides a broad and balanced analysis of the segmented South African labour economy, examining the labour market from both macro and micro perspectives, and presenting this analysis within the context of comparative international perspectives. Labour Economics: An Introduction for South African Students offers a clear pedagogical structure, which supports learning and develops independent, critical and applied engagement with the subject matter. A comprehensive package of ancillary materials complement the text, and are available to students and lecturers to support teaching and learning. The text is eminently suitable as a foundational text for students of economics, but will be equally useful and accessible to students of related disciplines, such as the social and business sciences, and law.

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Andrew is at the forefront of labour relations in South Africa, and is a well-known teacher, writer, arbitrator, broadcaster and commentator on South African labour and employment. Other than his qualifications in law, Andrew is a labour economist, holding relevant degrees from South African and English universities. Mathematics and statistics were included in these degrees. Andrew has taught at universities in South Africa for the past twenty years. He is currently teaching an Honours programme at the University of Witwatersrand, and is a Professor Extraordinarius at Unisa. Andrew has undertaken research on South African labour market issues for international bodies such as the U.N. The I.M.F. and the World Bank. He currently produces statistical data, series and indices on wage settlements and strike action in South Africa.


PART 1: LABOUR ECONOMICS - THE MICRO PERSPECTIVE ; 1. Introduction to the study of Labour Economics ; 2. Labour Supply ; 3. Demand for labour ; 4. Some further aspects of Supply and Demand ; 5. Trade Unions from a Labour Economic Point of View ; 6. Wage structures and differentials ; 7. Collective bargaining ; 8. Theories of wage determination from the classical economists to the present day ; PART 2: LABOUR ECONOMICS - THE MACRO PERSPECTIVE ; 1. An introduction to the notion of the labour market ; 2. Inter-industry wage differentials ; 3. Trade unions as economic/political institutions - models of unionism and collective bargaining ; 4. Economic models of strike action ; 5. Full employment and unemployment ; 6. Growth theory and labour economics ; 7. Globalization, competition, and international labour markets ; PART 3: CONTEMPORARY ISSUES IN LABOUR ECONOMICS, WITH AN EMPHASIS ON SOUTH AFRICAN CONSIDERATIONS ; 1. Unemployment in South Africa ; 2. Inequalities in income distribution ; 3. Structural unemployment and skills deficiencies ; 4. The economics of discrimination ; 5. Government interventions in the labour market - active labour market policies ; 6. Demographics and the South African labour market

Product Details

  • publication date: 31/10/2014
  • ISBN13: 9780195995213
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 320
  • ID: 9780195995213
  • ISBN10: 019599521X

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