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Type Journal Article - Social Indicators Research
Title A Multidimensional Poverty Index for Gauteng Province, South Africa: Evidence from Quality of Life survey data
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Volume 130
Issue 1
Publication (Day/Month/Year) 2017
Page numbers 277-303
URL http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11205-015-1176-2
Abstract
This paper estimates a Multidimensional Poverty Index for Gauteng province of South Africa. The Alkire–Forster method is applied on Quality of Life survey data for 2011 and 2013 which offer an excellent opportunity for estimating poverty at smaller geographical areas. The results suggest that the Multidimensional Poverty Index for Gauteng is low but varies markedly by municipality and by ward, as well as across income groups. Not only are low income households more likely to be multidimensionally poor, they also suffer from higher intensities of poverty. Multidimensional poverty is highest in areas of low economic activity located on the edges of the province. However, pockets of multidimensional poverty do prevail even in better performing municipalities. Government, at all spheres, needs to devise policies that channel investments into lagging areas and avoid approaches that are indifferent to the heterogeneities that exist across localised geographical extents.

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Mushongera, Darlington, Precious Zikhali, and Phindile Ngwenya. "A Multidimensional Poverty Index for Gauteng Province, South Africa: Evidence from Quality of Life survey data." Social Indicators Research 130, no. 1 (2017): 277-303.
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