What happened to multidimensional poverty in South Africa between 1993 and 2010?

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dc.contributor.author Finn, Arden
dc.contributor.author Leibbrandt, Murray
dc.contributor.author Woolard, Ingrid
dc.date.accessioned 2013-08-22T14:20:14Z
dc.date.available 2013-08-22T14:20:14Z
dc.date.issued 2013-07
dc.identifier.isbn 978-1-920517-40-3
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11090/615
dc.description.abstract Gauging levels of welfare using data on income and expenditure is informative yet limited and can be enhanced by including non-money-metric measures. Nationally representative data sets from 1993 and 2010-2011 which cover a broad set of domains are used to calculate a multidimensional poverty index (MPI) for each year. This paper calculates these indices and uses them to assess trends in multidimensional poverty in South Africa over the post-apartheid period. From 1993 to 2010 MPI poverty fell by 29 percentage points from 37% to 8%. During this time period, the level of severe MPI poverty also dropped substantially from 17% of the population in 1993 to just over 1% in 2010. Not only did the incidence and intensity of multidimensional poverty fall significantly, but the average distance from the multidimensional poverty line across all dimensions also decreased over the period. These declines in multidimensional poverty are notably stronger than the estimated declines in money-metric poverty, which are also estimated and compared for the post-apartheid period. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Working Paper;99
dc.subject Income
dc.subject Expenditure
dc.subject Multidimensional poverty
dc.subject Post-apartheid period
dc.title What happened to multidimensional poverty in South Africa between 1993 and 2010? en_US
dc.type Working Paper en_US


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