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Why inequality will not be fixed with Pikettian posturing and distorted data Why inequality will not be fixed with Pikettian posturing and distorted data

In the hot ideological wars South Africans wage, perhaps none is as violent to the truth as the rejigging of the Gini coefficient measuring income inequality. Thomas Piketty’s visit reminds us of the need to reconsider South African inequality-fibbery. The World Bank’s Pretoria staff now claim the Gini can be reduced to 0.59 if state social grants, education and health spending are included in the calculation.

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Version 2015
Category Theme 1: Poverty and inequality
Author Patrick Bond