Describing and decomposing post-apartheid income inequality in South Africa

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Show simple item record Leibbrandt, Murray Finn, Arden Woolard, Ingrid 2014-07-01T09:53:59Z 2014-07-01T09:53:59Z 2012
dc.identifier.citation Leibbrandt, M., Finn, A. & Woolard, I. (2012). Describing and decomposing post-apartheid income inequality in South Africa, Development Southern Africa, 29(1): 19-34 . en_US
dc.description.abstract This paper describes the changes in inequality in South Africa over the post-apartheid period, using income data from 1993 and 2008. Having shown that the data are comparable over time, it then profiles aggregate changes in income inequality, showing that inequality has increased over the post-apartheid period because an increased share of income has gone to the top decile. Social grants have become much more important as sources of income in the lower deciles. However, income source decomposition shows that the labour market has been and remains the main driver of aggregate inequality. Inequality within each racial group has increased and both standard and new methodologies show that the contribution of between-race inequality has decreased. Both aggregate and within-group inequality are responding to rising unemployment and rising earnings inequality. Those who have neither access to social grants nor the education levels necessary to integrate successfully into a harsh labour market are especially vulnerable. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Development Southern Africa en_US
dc.subject Post-apartheid South Africa en_US
dc.subject Income inequality en_US
dc.subject Racial inequality en_US
dc.subject Labour markets en_US
dc.subject Social grants en_US
dc.subject Inequality drivers en_US
dc.title Describing and decomposing post-apartheid income inequality in South Africa en_US
dc.type Article en_US

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