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Pro-poor growth and social protection in South Africa: Exploring the interactions


  • Haroon Bhorat
  • David Tseng
  • Benjamin Stanwix


This study evaluates the impact of South Africa's long-term economic growth on household poverty and inequality between 1995 and 2005. We find a decline in aggregate levels of poverty, but increasing levels of inequality. The evidence suggests that the growth model provides substantial redistributive income support to the poor through the social grant programme, whilst offering few returns to those in the middle of the distribution.

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  • Haroon Bhorat & David Tseng & Benjamin Stanwix, 2014. "Pro-poor growth and social protection in South Africa: Exploring the interactions," Development Southern Africa, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 31(2), pages 219-240, March.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:deveza:v:31:y:2014:i:2:p:219-240
    DOI: 10.1080/0376835X.2013.878242

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    1. Simplice A. Asongu, 2015. "Growth and Institutions in African Development by Augustin K. Fosu," Research Africa Network Working Papers 15/033, Research Africa Network (RAN).
    2. Anda David & Nathalie Guilbert & Nobuaki Hamaguchi & Yudai Higashi & Hiroyuki Hino & Murray Leibbrandt & Muna Shifa, 2018. "Spatial Poverty and Inequality in South Africa: A Municipality Level Analysis," Discussion Paper Series DP2018-02, Research Institute for Economics & Business Administration, Kobe University.
    3. Finn, Arden & Leibbrandt, Murray & Oosthuizen, Morne, 2014. "Poverty, inequality, and prices in post-apartheid South Africa," WIDER Working Paper Series 127, World Institute for Development Economic Research (UNU-WIDER).
    4. Rochelle Beukes & Ada Jansen & Mariana Moses & Derek Yu, 2017. "Exploring the Eligibility Criteria of the Child Support Grant and its Impact on Poverty," Social Indicators Research: An International and Interdisciplinary Journal for Quality-of-Life Measurement, Springer, vol. 134(2), pages 511-529, November.
    5. Antonio David & Martin Petri, 2013. "Inclusive Growth and the Incidence of Fiscal Policy in Mauritius; Much Progress, But More Could be Done," IMF Working Papers 13/116, International Monetary Fund.

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