I was born in and when I was a teenager, South Africa was, of course, one of the very important countries that I was always hearing about.
The Gini coefficient is the measure of income inequality, ranging from 0 to 1, with 0 representing a perfectly equal society and 1 representing a perfectly unequal society.
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Nevertheless, fundamental policy action was required to tackle inequality, as well as to stimulate more inclusive growth. Advertisement In the absence of any intervention, however, the World Bank expects South Africa to continue on its low-growth path.
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The economy would also continue to diverge from the growth outlooks in other emerging markets and developing countries, where expansion of 4. By contrast, the bank expects South Africa will expand by only 1. The National Treasury expects the South Africa economy to grow by 1.
It was also highly unlikely, given current constraints to growth, that South Africa would expand in line with the 5. In addition, high levels of inequality combined with high levels of political rights, as is the case in South Africa, would result in a high demand for fiscal redistribution and larger government expenditure.
However, there was fresh potential to stimulate growth and reduce inequality in light of the fact that labour status had become the most important factor driving income inequality in South Africa.
While there was little demand for unskilled labour the demand for skilled labour was driving wage inequality. The change, though, would be slow and inequality levels would only recover to levels by However, inequality could be reduced further by accelerating labour-supply interventions, including the offer of financial support to poor tertiary students to raise the number of poor students earning a degree to 4.
However, the effectiveness of labour-supply interventions alone would be limited unless accompanied by growth programmes that stimulated both labour demand and provided the financing required for the supply-side programmes.
The growth-supportive reforms envisaged included an increase in product-market competition, a reduction in policy uncertainty and a relaxation of migration rules to help fill the gap between the current demand for skilled labour and supply. For every two skilled migrants allowed to enter South Africa, the bank estimated one semi-skilled or unskilled job would be created.
Bank simulations show that such policy reforms could reduce the number of poor people in South Africa to 4.•Absolute reduction in inequality between and when data sets are combined, however, the cause of this reduction is South Africa has the highest income inequality in the world, even after South Africa () Excerpt from Inchauste et al.
South Africa. Country Indicators.
Poverty headcount ratio at $ a day ( PPP) (% of population) Lower Middle Income Class Poverty Line has a value of US$ PPP % CONTRIBUTION TO POVERTY REDUCTION: INTERNATIONAL POVERTY LINE Source: Poverty & Equity Databank and.
Introduction and Background The Southern African region is characterised by unacceptable high levels of unemployment, poverty and inequality.
In many cases, poverty and inequality. In many respects, President Jacob Zuma's free higher education proposal in South Africa is the worst kind of populism. For South Africa in particular, burdened by an epidemic of unemployment, poverty and income inequality, SMMEs role in improving the socioeconomic environment proves pivotal.
A successful strategy of poverty reduction must have at its core measures to promote policy mirrored elsewhere in South Asia and Africa. Initial levels of income inequality are important in determining how powerful an effect growth has in reducing poverty. For example, it .