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Punditfact article - Missing data sinks US and apartheid South Africa claim on black-white inequalityMissing data sinks U.S. and apartheid South Africa claim on black-white wealth gap

17 December 2014  |  PunditFact

Since August, the New York Times’ Nicholas Kristof has written a series of columns aimed at showing that white and black Americans live in very different worlds. "The race gap for wealth in the United States right now between the median white family and the median black family is 18-fold," Kristof said. "That’s greater than the black-white wealth gap was in apartheid South Africa." His statement however runs into trouble on the South African side. Not because it is provably wrong, but because there is no data to back it up. Read more...

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...



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