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The Contribution of Income Components to Income Inequality in South Africa. A Decomposable Gini Analysis

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  • Leibbrandt, M.V.
  • Woolard, C.D.
  • Woolard, I.D.

Abstract

much new work has been devoted to deriving and extending decomposable inequality and poverty measures which bridge the gap between description and analysis by throwing light on the processes undergirding inquality and poverty. For example, an application that has obvious policy relevance in the South Africa milieu is the use of decomposition techniques to partition inequality into within-race group and between-race group components. This paper pushes such a programme by using a decomposition technique based on the Gini coefficient to discern the relative importance of the major income components in determining overall income inequality.

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  • Leibbrandt, M.V. & Woolard, C.D. & Woolard, I.D., 1996. "The Contribution of Income Components to Income Inequality in South Africa. A Decomposable Gini Analysis," Papers 125a, World Bank - Living Standards Measurement.
  • Handle: RePEc:fth:wobali:125a
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    Keywords

    ECONOMIC CONDITIONS; STATISTICS; INCOME;

    JEL classification:

    • D31 - Microeconomics - - Distribution - - - Personal Income and Wealth Distribution
    • C40 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric and Statistical Methods: Special Topics - - - General
    • C42 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric and Statistical Methods: Special Topics - - - Survey Methods
    • I32 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty - - - Measurement and Analysis of Poverty

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