Using data from the detailed and nationally representative PSLSD (1993) and NIDS Wave 2 (2010) datasets, we are able to calculate a multidimensional poverty index (MPI) for each year. Having data
Over the past decade, I have been involved with an “Exposure and Dialogue Program” (EDP), which literally exposes analysts and policy makers to the lived reality of poor women’s lives
The report reveals how poverty and inequality cannot be addressed by narrow approaches to social protection, or faith in the by-now-discredited notion that the benefits of economic
This paper contributes to the policy and analytical debate by drawing together perspectives on a range of issues—micro, macro, sectoral, country wide and global—from leading economists working on
The plan of the paper is as follows. Section 2 develops the nature of the paradox by examining the career paths of different types of development professionals, and it argues that these
In the last two decades, across a range of countries high growth rates have reduced poverty but have been accompanied by rising inequality. This paper is motivated by this stylized fact, and by
This paper provides a broad overview of the coverage of poverty interventions across the world. Section 3 then turns to the economic debates about these
Debate on inequality has blossomed following the success of French economist Thomas Piketty‘s new book, Capital in the 21st Century. While Piketty has picked apart how capitalism has
This Country Briefing presents the results of the Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI) and explains key findings graphically. For a full explanation of the MPI, along with more information,
South Africa has exhibited tepid economic growth over the past twenty years as well as high levels of income inequality characteristic of a middle income country growth trap. This paper
There is no universally agreed vocabulary for the analysis of poverty, and terms and concepts vary between the disciplines to such a degree that no scholar is familiar with the entire
The Theil index, which allows us to take inequality between groups and inequality within groups separately, shows that inter-group gaps now make up only 35% of South Africa’s income
This paper shows that although consistently positive levels of economic growth since 1994 contributed to a healthy revenue base for government, an analysis comparing per
The report is the first produced by the Chronic Poverty Advisory Network (CPAN), the successor to the Chronic Poverty Research Centre (CPRC), which produced the first two Chronic Poverty
Are cash transfers well-targeted and redistributive? The objective of this paper is to provide a detailed interrogation of the South African case.
This book is about the endless dance between progress and inequality, about how progress creates inequality, and how inequality can sometimes be helpful—showing others the way, or
This paper answers questions such as: How do we know who is poor and who is not; Is poverty the same as hunger, what is the relationship between economic growth and poverty reduction?
Thomas Piketty’s visit to South Africa provides an opportunity to think creatively about what is driving inequality in the country and what appropriate measures might be to address the problem.
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