In the media
Rethinking the household: the impacts of transfers
World Bank Blog - Markus Goldstein | 26 February 2014
Two weeks ago, I blogged about some productive impacts of cash transfer programs. For these effects, as well as the myriad other blog posts and papers on this topic out there, a key point is that the benefits of these transfers extend well beyond the actual individual recipient of the transfer. But what if we entertain the possibility that those around the direct beneficiary are actually a shifting population, and what's more, a population that is shifting in direct response to the transfer? This raises significant issues for how we think about measuring the benefits of these transfers. A recent paper by Amar Hamoudi and Duncan Thomas gives us some evidence as to why this might be an issue using the South African Old Age Pension and findings from Ardington et al. (2013) are used to support this argument. Read more...
Foreigners outgun local spazas
Business Report | 31 January 2014
Foreign-owned spaza shops have markedly different business approaches, giving them the competitive edge over South African-owned operations, according to a study. The study, by online economic policy debate forum econ3x3, explains in part the proliferation – and success of – foreign-owned informal shops. The research by the UCT-linked forum found South African shopkeepers typically operated in a weak social network, often limited to immediate family members providing labour and “little else”. On the other hand, foreign-owned shops, especially Somali shops, have access to cheap labour, strategic investment in certain areas to establish Somali strongholds, and group purchasing to secure discounts. Read more...
Wave 3 Launch
3 December 2013 | Pretoria
The NIDS Wave 3 official launch, hosted by the National Planning Commission (NPC), was opened by the Planning Minister, Trevor Manuel, on the 3rd of December 2013. The event showcased the depth and flexibility of the NIDS panel data. The audience included government representatives, NGOs, researchers and press.
A number of Discussion Papers have been written, and were presented at the launch. Among others, the topics include:
The Dynamics of Poverty in the First 3 Waves of NIDS
Mobility and Inequality in the First 3 Waves of NIDS
A summary of these discussion papers was published in the Wave 3 launch overview brochure available here. See here for a full list of Discussion Papers.
During the production of Wave 3 data, certain information came to the fore that required changes to the Wave 1 and Wave 2 datasets. This includes data from respondents who were interviewed in Wave 3 who had not been located in Wave 2, as well as the addition of new variables. Some of the changes necessitated a recalculation of the weights, and the weights were also calibrated to the latest mid-year population estimates. As such, we strongly recommend that all users download the latest Wave 1 and Wave 2 datasets in addition to Wave 3, especially if all 3 datasets will be used in conjunction. The data can be accessed from the following links:
In the media
Single-parent household poverty drops
Poverty rates among single-parent households dropped from 75 percent to about 60 percent since 2008, Minister in the Presidency Trevor Manuel said on Tuesday. He was speaking at the launch of the National Income Dynamics Study in Pretoria. Read more...
How will defining poverty help to break the cycle?
Interview on the Forum@eight, on SAfm. Listen to the interview...
More escaping from poverty - survey
South Africa has made significant progress in combating poverty, with one-third of those who lived in absolute poverty in 2008 having risen above the poverty line by last year, according to the latest data from the National Income Dynamics Study (NIDS). Read more...
SA's poverty levels are decreasing, shows new study
South Africa's poverty levels are decreasing and we are still largely a nation of labour migrants, if the country's first in-depth study into income and poverty is anything to go by. Established by the presidency, the National Income Dynamics Study (NIDS) looked at over 28 000 people in three separate surveys from 2008, examining how certain factors affected their income and poverty levels. Read more...
Media moet onderskei tussen twiets en feite
Die media moet ophou om Twitter as sy hoofbron van inligting te gebruik en berigte eerder grond op navorsing wat deur die regering gedoen is. So het Trevor Manuel, minister in die presidensie, gister hier by die bekendstelling van die verslag van die Derde Nasionale Studie oor Inkomste-dinamika (Nids) gesê. Read more...
There will be no seminar this week. The next seminar will take place on 19 March 2014. Details to follow.