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The sudden jump in the unemployment rate in 2015: Is there a break in the QLFS data?

17th May 2018 This article argues that there is a time-series break in StatsSA’s Quarterly Labour Force Survey (QLFS) in the first quarter of 2015. The principal... 

Does moving to a city mean a better life? New evidence

17th April 2018 Moving to a city in search of work seems to pay off for many poor people in the countryside. Data that track changes over time indicate that as... 

Meeting food security needs in very poor households in the Eastern Cape: the role of own agricultural production

8th February 2018 Small-scale agriculture evokes strong views in terms of both its current and potential roles in rural development. We examine how many (or few)... 

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Poor land governance stifles rural development and have knock-on effects in urban areas

24th November 2017 Several researchers in the REDI3x3 project focused on poverty in rural areas in the Eastern Cape, which contains two former apartheid homelands,... 

Are we measuring poverty and inequality correctly? Comparing earnings using tax and survey data

4th October 2017 Calculating the earnings Gini coefficient with survey data from the Quarterly Labour Force Survey (QLFS) may lead to an underestimation of... 

Reservation wages found in surveys can be very misleading

12th September 2017 The responses of unemployed workers to the typical survey question about their ‘lowest acceptable wages’ are susceptible to error and... 

Land and property rights: 'title deeds as usual' won’t work

25th August 2017 Renewed emphasis in policy discourses on systematic land titling to solve insecure tenure in South Africa is understandable. A staggering two... 

The Transkei Wild Coast: still waiting for something to happen

12th July 2017 The Wild Coast, in the former Transkei Bantustan, is characterised by natural beauty and great poverty. Since 1994 rural land administration has... 

Technology and minimum wages are likely to change the mix of capital and labour in industry

20th June 2017 While technology is making capital cheaper, policies like the national minimum wage will make labour more expensive. What does this mean for the... 

A job in the informal sector reduces poverty about as much as a job in the formal sector

30th May 2017 In the aggregate, earnings from jobs in the informal sector play a small role in reducing national poverty rates, especially because there are... 

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