In the Media

Inequality: What Brazil got right

2 November 2014  |  Pippa Green and Murray Leibbrandt

Article - Inequality - What Brazil got rightAsk a random sample of South Africans what the major illness affecting the economy is, and inevitably, the word "inequality" comes up. But a comparison between the contrasting trajectory of inequality in two developing countries — South Africa and Brazil — highlights some pretty alarming findings. Read more...


Too many going hungry in the land of plenty

10 October 2014  |  Mail & Guardian

Too many going hungrySix rand – R3 for four potatoes and R3 for a cup of rice. That is Elzetta’s daily food budget. The 23-year-old, living in Bloemendal in the Eastern Cape, has to support her twin sister and their two children. When they cannot afford the R6 they turn to the staple diet of many poor people in the area – the "poppie water diet", which consists of slices of white bread and a carton of cheap and sugary juice. Read more...


SALDRU associates contribute to World Bank Report

South Africa Economic Update: Fiscal Policy and Redistribution in an Unequal Society

This report explores whether fiscal policy reduces poverty and inequality. It offers an analysis which is based upon the innovative use of fiscal and household survey data to provide evidence on two main questions: how do taxes and spending in South Africa redistribute income between the rich and the poor, and what is the impact of taxes and spending on poverty and inequality? Against the backdrop of a high fiscal deficit and rising debt burden, it is essential that the government uses its existing resources effectively in the fight against poverty and inequality. SALDRU Research Associate, Prof. Ingrid Woolard, and SALDRU Graduate Associate, Mashekwa Maboshe, both contributed to the report.

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Journal Articles

• Military expenditure, economic growth and structural instability: a case study of South Africa

Goodness C. Aye, Mehmet Balcilar, John P. Dunne, Rangan Gupta and Reneé van Eyden


• Male circumcision and sexual risk behaviours may contribute to considerable ethnic disparities in HIV prevalence in Kenya: An ecological analysis

Chris Richard Kenyon, Lung Vu, Joris Menten and Brendan Maughan-Brown


• The economic consequences of AIDS mortality in South Africa generations
Cally Ardington, Till Barnighausen, Anne Case and Alicia Menendez


• Partner age differences and concurrency in South Africa: Implications for HIV-infection risk among young women
Brendan Maughan-Brown, Chris Kenyon and Mark Lurie

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