In the Media

Africa Check: Are there more than 400 000 poor whites in South Africa?

19 April 2016  |  EWN

With a picture spread, the UK Mail Online documented the “squalid conditions” of South Africa’s “white squatter camps” earlier this year. The people in these pictures, from a squatter camp in Munsieville in Gauteng province, are part of a group of “more than 400,000 white South Africans [who] are thought to live in poverty”, according to the Mail Online. Is the figure correct? In short, the answer is no. Data from Statistics South Africa’s 2010/2011 Income and Expenditure Survey showed that 42,115 white people lived below the official upper bound poverty line of R779 per person per month. When using a higher poverty line - which some researchers argue is more appropriate - the estimate increased to 82,573.


HIV testing rates and the effectiveness of awareness campaigns

18 April 2016  |  HCP live

In a recent publication co-authored by SALDRU Researcher, Brendan Maughan-Brown, titled Changes in self-reported HIV testing during South Africa’s 2010/2011 national testing campaign: gains and shortfalls the researchers examined data from parts of the National Income Dynamics Study (NIDS) in South Africa and found that providing mass HIV testing can be an effective way to get more people tested, and noted that geographic and socio-economic factors have an impact on such programs. Read more.


NIDS 2016 Data Release

It is our pleasure to announce the release of the latest NIDS dataset which now includes Wave 4 data along with revised and improved versions of Waves 1, 2 & 3. Our extensive panel dataset tracking around 28,000 individuals now spans 8 years and is still running. The details of the changes along with general information on the use and contents of the dataset can be found in our Panel User Document which can be accessed through the NIDS websiteAccess the datasets hereNIDS small




UCT to honour former SALDRU Director, Francis Wilson

UCT will award honorary doctorates to three highly esteemed academics for their significant contributions to African-based art, archaeology, and economics and social policy during graduation ceremonies at Jameson Hall on Tuesday, 14 June 2016. Francis WilsonEmeritus Professor Francis Wilson, the former Director of SALDRU, will receive an honorary Doctor of Letters from the Faculty of Commerce for his engaged scholarship on understanding how processes such as the migrant labour system have helped to underwrite South Africa’s poverty. Read more here.


Seminar Series

The next seminar will take place on Wednesday 1 June 2016. Details to follow.

Other Writing

Econ3x3 Brief: The inequality of space: What to do?

Pippa Green

Econ3x3 Brief: How much is inequality reduced by progressive taxation and government spending?

Ingrid Woolard, Rebecca Metz, Gabriela Inchauste, Nora Lustig and Mashekwa Maboshe

World Bank working paper: The distributional impact of fiscal policy in South Africa

Gabriela Inchauste, Nora Lustig, Mashekwa Maboshe, Catriona Purfield and Ingrid Woolard

Econ3x3 Brief: Tax(i)ing the poor? Commuting costs in South Africa

Andrew Kerr

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