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Analysis of poverty among the elderly in South Africa using the 2018 GHS data

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  • Precious Mncayi

    () (North-West University)

  • Steven Henry Dunga

    () (North-West University)

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The different approaches to poverty reduction will only be effective if no category of people is left behind or miss diagnosed. There has been attention on gendered poverty, poverty among the youth, and fewer studies have focused on poverty among the elderly. The seniors face a different kind of poverty that is due to the dynamics that comes with age. As people get older their ability to participate in a productive capacity declines and that reduced their ability to earn or maintain the level of income earned in their productive age. There is need to understand the nature of poverty and which categories within the age group are more vulnerable. Using data collected in 2018 by statistics South Africa, this paper analyses the nature of poverty among the elderly (>60 years old). Focus will be on the individual and household characteristics that determine the poverty status. The paper use both descriptive statistics and a logistic regression in the analysis on poverty among the elderly.

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  • Precious Mncayi & Steven Henry Dunga, 2019. "Analysis of poverty among the elderly in South Africa using the 2018 GHS data," Proceedings of International Academic Conferences 9912239, International Institute of Social and Economic Sciences.
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    Keywords

    Poverty; Elderly poverty; poverty status; household poverty; South Africa;
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    JEL classification:

    • I32 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty - - - Measurement and Analysis of Poverty
    • I30 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty - - - General
    • J14 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Economics of the Elderly; Economics of the Handicapped; Non-Labor Market Discrimination

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