Martin Wittenberg: High Earners in South Africa

Speaking at a symposium on “Social Mobility and Inequality in South Africa” co-hosted by the Southern Africa Labour and Development Research Unit (SALDRU) and the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung South Africa Office, Prof. Martin Wittenberg talked about the high earners in South Africa.

The rich matter a lot for overall inequality in South Africa, he said.

The big problem that we run into when we try to measure the earnings of the rich is that they are underrepresented in surveys because they are a small part of the population, Wittenberg said. Even if they are sampled, non-response is an obstacle. They frequently do not want to disclose earnings information.

Download Prof. Wittenberg’s slide presentation (PDF). Listen to a podcast of this presentation. Scan the symposium’s programme (PDF).

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