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Title:Race, poverty and deprivation in South Africa
Author:Gradín, Carlos
Year:2013
Periodical:Journal of African Economies (ISSN 0963-8024)
Volume:22
Issue:2
Pages:187-238
Language:English
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:income distribution
Whites
Blacks
poverty
External link:https://jae.oxfordjournals.org/content/22/2/187.full.pdf
Abstract:In order to explain why poverty and material deprivation in South Africa are significantly higher among those of African descent than among whites the author estimates the conditional levels of poverty and deprivation black South Africans would experience had they the same characteristics as whites. By comparing the actual and counterfactual distributions, he shows that the racial gap in poverty and deprivation can be attributed to the cumulative disadvantaged characteristics of black South Africans, such as their current level of educational attainment, demographic structure and area of residence, as well as to the inertia of past racial inequalities. Progress made in the educational and labour market outcomes of black South Africans after apartheid explains the reduction in the racial poverty differential. App., bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]
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