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Household expenditure patterns and resource pooling: evidence of changes in post-apartheid South Africa

  • Pushkar Maitra

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  • Ranjan Ray

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The primary aim of this paper is to examine whether resources accruing to different members of the household and from different sources have differential impacts on household expenditure patterns. The issue is of considerable policy interest for, if the identity of the income recipient does matter in the household’s expenditure decisions, then it indicates the usefulness of targeting income assistance at particular members of the household. The South African evidence is generally supportive of the hypothesis of resource pooling by the income earners in their spending decisions on food, clothing and energy. The results of this paper have been placed in the wider context of social, political and economic developments following the end of apartheid that have caused significant changes in the nature of resource inflow and in the balance of power in decision making within the South African household. The results are indicative of improvements in the standard of living of the majority of South Africans following the end of apartheid. Copyright Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2006

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Volume (Year): 4 (2006)
Issue (Month): 4 (December)
Pages: 325-347

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