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Resource inflows and household composition: evidence from South African panel data

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  • Pushkar Maitra

    (Department of Economics, Monash University, Victoria, Australia)

  • Ranjan Ray

    (School of Economics, University of Tasmania, Hobart, Tasmania)

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Economic analysis of household behaviour, usually, assumes that household size and composition are fixed and exogenous. This study departs from this practice by analysing resource and household compositional variables, using an interdependent framework that treats them as jointly endogenous. The study is conducted using panel data set of Black households residing in Kwazulu Natal province in South Africa. The results provide evidence of fluidity of household structure, and point to new hypotheses on the effects of household resources on household composition. Copyright © 2003 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

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  • Pushkar Maitra & Ranjan Ray, 2003. "Resource inflows and household composition: evidence from South African panel data," Journal of International Development, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 15(8), pages 1037-1047.
  • Handle: RePEc:wly:jintdv:v:15:y:2003:i:8:p:1037-1047
    DOI: 10.1002/jid.1034
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    1. Pushkar Maitra, 2002. "The Effect of Household Characteristics on Poverty and Living Standards in South Africa," Journal of Economic Development, Chung-Ang Unviersity, Department of Economics, vol. 27(1), pages 75-96, June.
    2. Hoddinott, John F. & Mekasha, Tseday J., 2017. "Social protection, household size and its determinants: Evidence from Ethiopia," ESSP working papers 107, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).

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