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
President Barack Obama speaking at the Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture said these words: It's not just money that a job provides; it provides dignity and structure and a sense of place and a sense of purpose. (Applause.) And so we're going to have to consider new ways of thinking about these problems, like a universal … Continue reading Obama Supports Basic Income
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
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
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?
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
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
I have been reading the Inequality.org newsletter for what seems like many, many years. It is one of the few newsletters I always open, as it tells a story of inequality and alternatives that resonates with my work. One of the editors of this newsletter, Chuck Collins has a new book asking the question, Is … Continue reading New Book on American Inequality
I remember a time when "uber", meant something like cool, interesting and engaged. Today, "uber" represents a company - one of the fastest growing in the world, and one possibly on the cusp of an Initial Private Offering. I reluctantly and occasionally use Uber, so have some first hand experience of the service. The biggest … Continue reading Is Uber, uber? – Ride Share to Greater Equality?
A paper by David Autor, David Dorn, Lawrence F. Katz, Christina Patterson, John Van Reenen titled The Fall of the Labor Share and the Rise of Superstar Firms makes for an interesting read. The argument can be understood as follows: Labour's share of GDP has declined. The causes however remain uncertain. During the period of declining labour share of GDP, technological has … Continue reading Superstar Firms Means Less For Labour