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2 November 2014 | Pippa Green and Murray Leibbrandt
Ask 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...
10 October 2014 | Mail & Guardian
Six 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
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.
There will be no seminar this week. Details on the next seminar to follow.
• Skills mismatch and informal sector participation among educated immigrants: Evidence from South Africa
Alexandra Doyle, Amos Peters and Asha Sundaram
• Information, mobilization, and demand for redistribution: A survey experiment in South Africa
Miquel Pellicer, Patrizio Piraino and Eva Wegner
• South Africa’s evolving political settlement in comparative perspective
Brian Levy, Alan Hirsch and Ingrid Woolard
Goodness C. Aye, Mehmet Balcilar, John P. Dunne, Rangan Gupta and Reneé van Eyden
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
• Econ 3x3 brief: How the old age pension is helping young people from rural areas find jobs
Cally Ardington and Clare Hofmeyr
• Econ 3x3 brief: More financial aid is not the best way to close the racial gap in tertiary education
David Lam, Cally Ardington, Nicola Branson and Murray Leibbrandt
• Econ3x3 brief: Enforcement and compliance: The case of minimum wages and mandatory contracts for domestic workers
Taryn Dinkelman, Vimal Ranchhod and Clare Hofmeyr
• Econ 3x3 brief: The matric certificate is still valuable in the labour market
Clare Hofmeyr, Nicola Branson, Murray Leibbrandt, Cally Ardington and David Lam