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Type Working Paper - Aix-Marseille School of Economics WP 2017 - Nr 19
Title Decomposing well-being measures in South Africa: The contribution of residential segregation to income distribution
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Issue 19
Publication (Day/Month/Year) 2017
Page numbers 1-46
URL https://halshs.archives-ouvertes.fr/halshs-01520311/document
Abstract
Despite the influential work of Cutler and Glaeser, whether ghettos are good or bad is still an open and debatable question. In this paper, we provide evidence that, in South Africa, ghettos can be good or bad for income depending on the studied quantile of the income distribution. Segregation tends to be beneficial for rich Whites while it is detrimental for poor Blacks. Even when we find it to be also detrimental for Whites, it is still more detrimental for Blacks. We further show that the multitude of results fuelling this debate can come from misspecification issues and selecting the appropriate sample for the analysis. Finally, we quantify the importance of segregation in the income gap between Blacks and Whites in the post-Apartheid South Africa. We find that segregation can account for up to 40 percent of the income gap at the median. It is even often a larger contribution than education all across the income distribution.

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Dubois, Florent, and Christophe Muller. "Decomposing well-being measures in South Africa: The contribution of residential segregation to income distribution." Aix-Marseille School of Economics WP 2017 - Nr 19 , no. 19 (2017).
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