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Assessing the Impact of Social Grants on Inequality: A South African Case Study

Reinhard Schiel, Murray Leibbrandt () and David Lam ()

No wp-2014-160, WIDER Working Paper Series from World Institute for Development Economic Research (UNU-WIDER)

Abstract: The democratic government in South Africa has developed a system of social grants to combat the high levels of poverty and inequality inherited from the apartheid regime. With the help of modest economic growth and an associated increase in per capita household income, the introduction and expansion of social grants has helped alleviate the inherited burden of poverty. On the other hand income inequality has remained stubbornly high in post-apartheid South Africa and the role of these grants in inequality reduction remains unclear.

Keywords: Equality and inequality; Household survey; Poverty; Social security (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2014
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