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BlogWhy is inequality in South Africa higher than in Germany?: Explaining income distributions with ‘decompositions’
The understanding of inequality requires the analysis of changes in income distributions across countries and over time as well as the identification of its drivers...Economic inequality Income inequality Methodology (Economics)
Working PaperThe developer’s dilemma: A survey of structural transformation and inequality dynamics
This paper discusses the ‘developer’s dilemma’—a tension emerging from the fact that developing countries are simultaneously seeking structural transformation and broad-based growth to raise incomes of the poor...Income inequality Structural transformation Economic development
Working PaperMeasuring labour earnings inequality in post-apartheid South Africa
This paper investigates the validity of household survey data published by Statistics South Africa since 1993 and later integrated into the Post-Apartheid Labour Market Series (PALMS)...Income inequality Distributions heterogeneity
BlogHow a data revolution in South Africa can help address gender inequality
In 2016, we joined a project in South Africa working to make tax data available for research purposes...Administrative data Employment Gender
SeminarRavi Pendakur on the impact of federal modern agreements on income inequality in Indigenous communities
Ravi Pendakur will present at the WIDER Seminar Series on 8 November 2019. Abstract - The impact of federal modern agreements on income inequality in Indigenous communities In Canada, modern agreements allow Indigenous groups to govern their...
SeminarRekha Ravindran on the relationship between structural transformation and income inequality
Rekha Ravindran will present at the WIDER Seminar Series on 28 October. Abstract - The relationship between structural transformation and income inequality in developing economies Though industrialization is postulated as the traditional way out of...
Working PaperIncome and consumption inequality in China: A comparative approach with India
We analyse income and expenditure distribution in China in a comparative perspective with India. These countries represent extreme cases in the relationship of inequality to both wellbeing indicators...Income inequality Consumption Consumption expenditure
Journal ArticleSkills, personality traits, and gender wage gaps: Evidence from Bangladesh
We use a recent first-hand linked employer–employee survey covering the formal sector of Bangladesh to explain gender wage gaps by the inclusion of measures of cognitive attainment and personality traits...Gender gap Income inequality Cognitive ability
BlogInequality: Driving forces and policy solutions
The many faces of inequality Measuring inequality isn’t as simple as it may seem. We know that since the 1970s global inequality has been falling in relative terms, but absolute inequality has been increasing over the same period...Global inequality WIID Income inequality
Policy BriefReducing inequalities in South Africa: Progress on equality thwarted by slow growth and success of top earners
South Africa has the highest rate of measured inequality in the world. Often thought to be a legacy of the apartheid system, inequality in South Africa has stubbornly persisted...Earnings personal income tax Survey data
Policy BriefInequality in Brazil: Inclusive growth trend of this millennium is over
After three decades of persistently high inequality, Brazil has been experiencing a downward trend since 2001, accompanied by a rise in household incomes. These trends lasted until 2014 when a major reversal took place on both fronts...Income inequality Fiscal redistribution Household income
Working PaperHow do human rights violations affect poverty and income distribution?
The goal of this paper is to examine the impact of human rights on income distribution and poverty by exploring how both aid and trade can influence poverty and income distribution through human rights...Global Human rights Income inequality
Working PaperThe wage-setting power of firms: Rent-sharing and monopsony in South Africa
Using administrative tax records from South Africa for the period 2011–14, I find that firm wage premia explain 25 per cent of the total wage variance, 60 per cent of the gender wage gap, and 40 per cent of the gap between workers in the middle...Discrimination Firm effects Income inequality