Poverty Trends Since the Transition: What We Know

Stellenbosch University, Department of Economics No. 10/09

48 Pages Posted: 19 Dec 2010  

Servaas Van der Berg

Stellenbosch University; Stellenbosch University; Stellenbosch University

Megan Louw

Stellenbosch University

Leon Du Toit

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Date Written: 2007

Abstract

Using alternative data sources on income and poverty with a shorter time lag makes it possible to discern trends that can inform the policy debate. A strong decline in poverty rates was recorded since 2000. This has since been confirmed by General Household Survey data that showed that the proportion of households with children reporting that their children had gone hungry in the previous year had almost halved between 2002 and 2006. This policy success would not have been tracked using the less regular and more conventional data sources such as the Income and Expenditure Survey of 2000 (IES2000). One successful policy measure – the social grant system – can be clearly identified. Through the child support grants, much of the expansion of the grants system was targeted at children. In contrast, other areas of policy intervention, in particular social delivery in health and education, have been far less successful.

This Working Paper is part of longer, ongoing research on poverty and social poverty in the Department of Economics at Stellenbosch University. It first appeared as a publication that attempted to make available some of these research results to a wider public in an accessible and non-technical format

Keywords: Poverty, Inequality, Redistribution, Fiscal incidence, Social delivery,

JEL Classification: D31, H22, H5

Suggested Citation

Van der Berg, Servaas and Louw, Megan and Du Toit, Leon, Poverty Trends Since the Transition: What We Know (2007). Stellenbosch University, Department of Economics No. 10/09. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1727597 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1727597

Servaas Van der Berg (Contact Author)

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Stellenbosch University ( email )

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Stellenbosch, Western Cape 7602
South Africa

Stellenbosch University ( email )

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Stellenbosch, Western Cape 7602
South Africa

Megan Louw

Stellenbosch University ( email )

Private Bag X1
Stellenbosch, Western Cape 7602
South Africa

Leon Du Toit

affiliation not provided to SSRN

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