Poverty and Well-Being in Post-Apartheid South Africa: an Overview of Data, Outcomes and Policy

DPRU Working Paper 05/101

25 Pages Posted: 2 May 2007

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H. Bhorat

University of Cape Town (UCT) - Development Policy Research Unit

Ravi Kanbur

Cornell University; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR); IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Date Written: October 2005

Abstract

This is an overview of poverty and well-being in the first decade of post-apartheid South Africa. It is an introduction to a volume that brings together some of the most prominent academic research done on this topic for the 10-year review process in South Africa. This overview highlights three key aspects of the picture that the detailed research paints. First, data quality and comparability has been a constant issue in arriving at a consensus among analysts on the outcomes for households and individuals in post-apartheid South Africa. Second, while the outcomes on unemployment, poverty and inequality are indeed bad, the outcomes on social indicators and access to public services are much more encouraging. Third, the prospects for rapid and sustained economic growth, without which poverty and well-being cannot be addressed in the long run, are themselves negatively affected by increasing inequality, poverty and unemployment.

Keywords: poverty and well-being, households, unemployment, poverty and inequality

JEL Classification: A1

Suggested Citation

Bhorat, Haroon I. and Kanbur, Ravi, Poverty and Well-Being in Post-Apartheid South Africa: an Overview of Data, Outcomes and Policy (October 2005). DPRU Working Paper 05/101, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=982805 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.982805

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