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Laura Denenga


Using South African Census Data from the IPUMS international database, this study examines the effect of the Black Economic Empowerment (BEE) policy on the South African gender wage disparity. The policy launched by the ANC party in 2003 aims to not only address the racial disparities created by Apartheid, but to create employment equity for women and encourage their advance into managerial positions. This study uses an OLS regression to study the annual income of females before and after BEE was implemented. The results show the wage gap between men and women to have decreased by 1.39%. Furthermore, when looking at occupational advance, the results show women to be 3.37 percentage points more likely to be in managerial positions after the policy.