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Breaking the grip of Poverty and Inequality in South Africa 2004-2014 Current trends, issues and future policy options Breaking the grip of Poverty and Inequality in South Africa 2004-2014 Current trends, issues and future policy options HOT

This report represents an executive summary of three longer research papers by our task team and several colloquiums where the findings of the research were discussed with independent panellists. The integration of different research fields (demography, macro-economics, labour market and poverty) strives to create a common understanding of the problem and the challenge we face. Although the report is founded on solid and comprehensive academic research, it provides an intelligible analysis of economic trends and some of the complex choices (with far-reaching consequences) that decision-makers have to make: “High growth will certainly help to roll back poverty...but it might exacerbate inequality…which one gets the priority?”, or “In the struggle against poverty, the needs will always be more than the available resources”. This explains the intensity of the political debate on priorities within state expenditure.

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Version 2003
Category Theme 1: Poverty and inequality
Author JP Landman