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Case Study: A gender-focused macro-micro analysis of the poverty impacts of trade liberalization in South Africa

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  • Margaret Chitiga

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    (University of Pretoria, Pretoria 0081, South Africa)

  • John Cockburn

    ()
    (Université Laval, Pavillon J-A DeSève, Quebec, Canada, G1V 0A6;)

  • Bernard Decaluwé

    ()
    (Université Laval, Pavillon J-A DeSève, Quebec, Canada, G1V 0A6;)

  • Ismaël Fofana

    ()
    (Université Laval, Pavillon J-A DeSève, Quebec, Canada, G1V 0A6)

  • Ramos Mabugu

    ()
    (Research and Policy Director, Financial and Fiscal Commission, 2nd Floor Montrose Place, Midrand 1685, South Africa)

Abstract

This case study examines the impacts on poverty and equality of the extended trade liberalisation strategy that South Africa has been following since 1994. The paper features an integrated CGE microsimulation model with explicit incorporation of non-market activities and gender decomposition. This makes it possible to assess the effects of trade liberalization on between and within-group poverty, as well as on gender-disaggregated household production and leisure. The findings reveal that trade liberalization is strongly gender biased against women.

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Article provided by Interational Microsimulation Association in its journal International Journal of Microsimulation.

Volume (Year): 3 (2010)
Issue (Month): 1 ()
Pages: 104-108

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Handle: RePEc:ijm:journl:v:3:y:2010:i:1:p:104-108

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Keywords: household production; leisure; South Africa; trade liberalisation; gender;

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Cited by:
  1. Ramos Mabugu & Margaret Chitiga, 2007. "Poverty and inequality effects of a high growth scenario in South Africa: A dynamic microsimulation CGE analysis," Working Papers 04/2007, Stellenbosch University, Department of Economics.
  2. Filipski, Mateusz & Edward Taylor, J. & Msangi, Siwa, 2011. "Effects of Free Trade on Women and Immigrants: CAFTA and the Rural Dominican Republic," World Development, Elsevier, vol. 39(10), pages 1862-1877.
  3. Mabugu, Ramos & Robichaud, Veronique & Maisonnave, Helene & Chitiga, Margaret, 2013. "Impact of fiscal policy in an intertemporal CGE model for South Africa," Economic Modelling, Elsevier, vol. 31(C), pages 775-782.
  4. Stefan Boeters & Luc Savard, 2012. "The Labour Market in CGE Models," CPB Discussion Paper 201, CPB Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis.
  5. Ramos Mabugu & Margaret Chitiga, 2007. "Poverty and Inequality Impacts of Trade Policy Reforms in South Africa," Working Papers MPIA 2007-19, PEP-MPIA.

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