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The relative advantage of the Spanish colonial state was higher than
that of the English state in the 14th century. James A. Robinson (Harvard) The Emergence of Modern Economic Growth: A Comparative and Historical Analysis: L
September 28, 2009
10 / 25 Real Wages of Black Gold Miners in South Africa
In Lecture 1 I mentioned the origins of Apartheid in South Africa and
the creation of the so-called "Colour Bar’which stopped Africans
becoming skilled workers.
The Apartheid government (which ran the country until 1994) didn’
like collecting information of black people, but the historian Francis
Wilson was able to use the compensation records of gold mining
companies to put together a picture of what happened to the real
wages of black miners in his book Labour in the South African Gold
While GDP per-capita was growing, real wages for African miners
This is a clear consequence of repression and the way the labor
market was organiz...
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- Fall '09