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The importance of being earners: why women in South Africa need well-paid jobs


  • John Simister


The 'children fare better' viewpoint claims that children tend to be better fed if their mother (as opposed to father) has sufficient income of her own for food. This paper assesses this claim for South Africa, using data from household surveys. It considers the possibility that this issue is related to domestic violence between husband and wife, and finds an apparent link between wife's earnings, child nutrition and domestic violence. Children's well-being seems more assured if mothers have an adequate income; but there is more risk of inadequate nutrition in households where there is domestic violence against wives.

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  • John Simister, 2009. "The importance of being earners: why women in South Africa need well-paid jobs," Development Southern Africa, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 26(5), pages 709-719.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:deveza:v:26:y:2009:i:5:p:709-719
    DOI: 10.1080/03768350903303217

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