Anna Rosling Rönnlund explains Dollar Street

Anna Rosling Rönnlund TED Talk

The idea behind Dollar Street is powerful as it makes inequality "real".  Anna Rosling Rönnlund, who is involved in the project explains the concept and background to Dollar Street. This is a useful and quick tutorial to use the tool, and get some insights. https://www.ted.com/talks/anna_rosling_ronnlund_see_how_the_rest_of_the_world_lives_organized_by_income?utm_campaign=tedspread&utm_medium=referral&utm_source=tedcomshare

Dollar Street – Imagine the world as a street ordered by income.

dollar street

Inequality is often something "out there". Gapminder has created an important way to back inequality be more real for everyone. Visit the site. The origin and purpose of the project and details are noted below.   About Dollar Street Imagine the world as a street ordered by income. Everyone lives somewhere on the street. The … Continue reading Dollar Street – Imagine the world as a street ordered by income.

Gender and Inequality – Special Issue

Stumbled across an insightful and challenging special issue of Gender and Development  that focuses on gender and inequalities. The  blurb reads as: Inequalities Patterns of poverty and inequality are changing, and challenging the ways we understand development. Today’s increasing polarisation between rich and poor in middle-income and high-income countries highlights the flaw in the notion that … Continue reading Gender and Inequality – Special Issue

South African’s Income Comparison Tool

saldru income comparison tool

You will be surprised where your household is located in South Africa's income distribution! The South African Labour and Development Research Unit (SALDRU) have created an incredibly useful tool to compare incomes and income inequality in South Africa. SALDRU describes the tool as follows: South Africa is one of the most unequal countries in the … Continue reading South African’s Income Comparison Tool

It takes 9 generations for children of poor families to reach the average income in South Africa … and Twitter cannot cope

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has published a fascinating report on inequality, including a measure estimating how long it will take for a child in a poor family to earn the average income. Twitter user Zamandlovu Ndlovu posted the results indicating that in South Africa it will 9 generations for a child in a … Continue reading It takes 9 generations for children of poor families to reach the average income in South Africa … and Twitter cannot cope

The Real Driver of Rising Inequality – Lower Paying Jobs?

Lance Taylor and Özlem Ömer argue that the major reason for rising inequality is that jobs are moving to low wage sectors. In an article based on US jobs data Lance Taylor, argues: Meso level analysis cannot provide microeconomic detail, but it can shed light on broad forces shaping the economy. One key trend has been the movement of … Continue reading The Real Driver of Rising Inequality – Lower Paying Jobs?

Video -Communal areas and traditional authorities

About one third of our population live in former homelands / Bantustans. Yet in the post-apartheid era, we have yet to clarify or confirm the nature of the property rights of these people. Prof Ben Cousins, provides a very useful introduction to the issues and unpacks some of the implications. I am still thinking about … Continue reading Video -Communal areas and traditional authorities

Demand Side of Clientalism

Miquel Pellicer, Eva Wegner, Lindsay J. Benstead and Ellen Lust have written a paper on "demand side of clientalism" (PDF) Consider the abstract: Political science literature on clientelism has tended to focus on vote-buying, viewed primarily from the perspective of parties/brokers. The motives that drive clients to engage in clientelism and the different forms of clientelism … Continue reading Demand Side of Clientalism