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Type Journal Article - Journal of Poverty
Title Chronic and Transitory Poverty in Post-Apartheid South Africa
Volume 5
Issue 4
Publication (Day/Month/Year) 2001
Page numbers 1-28
Abstract This article examines the rationale for a dynamic perspective of poverty in South Africa and analyses the magnitude and characteristics of those in chronic versus transitory poverty using data from the KwaZulu-Natal Income Dynamics Study. The results show that the incidence and depth of poverty have increased steadily between 1993 and 1998, a trend that is pronounced in rural localities and for female-headed households. Though the majority of households (30.7%) were found to be experiencing transitory poverty, a significant proportion of households, in lieu of the expected small minority suggested by previous empirical research, were chronically poor (22.3%).

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