Measuring poverty in South Africa

Type Working Paper - Development and Poverty Research Unit (DPRU) Working Paper
Title Measuring poverty in South Africa
Volume 99
Issue 33
Publication (Day/Month/Year) 1999
Page numbers 1-45
This paper sets out the methodological issues for the measurement of poverty before presenting a poverty profile of South Africa. It tests the sensitivity of the poverty profile to choices around the metric used to measure well-being, the equivalence scale used and the level of the poverty line. The key finding is that the defining features of South African poverty are so pronounced that the profile of poverty is robust to changes in the underlying measurement assumptions

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