Xenophobia in South Africa: Unequal opportunities drive violence These are my speaking notes from an event organised by The Star newspaper on xenophobia in South Africa held in June 2008. Unfortunately, nine years later the same argument applies. All data in the article is correct for 2008, and I have not updated it. The point … Continue reading Xenophobia in South Africa: Unequal opportunities drive violence
Thomas Pikkety's "Capital in the Twenty-First Century" is a vital read in inequality. But, it is a long, long read. Someone needed to a shorter and accurate summary, and Jesper Roine has done just that with Pocket Pikkety. The sales copy made me smile, even though I have read (or rather skimmed) all 696 pages. But how … Continue reading Pocket Pikkety –
Joseph Stiglitz discusses American inequality. He argues in an article on Evonomics: American inequality didn’t just happen. It was created. Market forces played a role, but it was not market forces alone. In a sense, that should be obvious: economic laws are universal, but our growing inequality— especially the amounts seized by the upper 1 … Continue reading Stiglitz – American Inequality Did Not Just Happen
The International Labour Organisation (ILO) provides a summary of inequality in the G20 countries. It makes important conclusions, including that “income inequality makes it harder for poor families to benefit from economic growth.”
Uma Rani Amara, Senior Economist, Marianne Furrer, Research Officer
If you watch the news or read the papers, chances are you have heard about income inequality. The issue is complex and polarizing. But what does income inequality really mean?
For anyone who’s still in the dark about income inequality, it’s essentially the uneven way in which income is distributed within a population. The rich keep getting richer but everyone else’s income stays the same or decreases.
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I consider visualising data to be a crucial step in ensuring that people understand whatever I am trying to explain. There are of course, good visualisations and bad visualisations. I have had my share of both. But, what if visualisations are not just simply good or bad, but perpetuate inequality. Stephanie Evergreen and Vidhya Shanker are running … Continue reading How Dataviz Can Unintentionally Perpetuate Inequality
An interesting argument, by Scott Santens on Basic Income and markets, specifically startups. An argument for a link between a basic income and entrepreneurship. Scott Santens has a crowdfunded monthly basic income and has been a moderator of the Basic Income community on Reddit since 2013. who has a crowdfunded monthly basic income and has … Continue reading Basic Income and Markets
Coffee and the minimum wage - Huge congratulations to the NEDLAC partners on agreeing to a national minimum wage. (edit: written just before the signing was cancelled) Over a chat at my local coffee shop, I chatted about the minimum wage with the baristas. I bought a cappuccino which cost R 23-00 (lets just call … Continue reading Coffee and the minimum wage – A short reflection
Counting Women's Work is an international research project, that is: Bringing women’s total economic contributions into view and revealing patterns of difference by gender. The infographic below is for South Africa, and tells a story of inequality in household labour. A reminder to all of us, that a more equal future starts at home.
Improved Traditional Courts Bill (TCB) needs enforcement mechanisms By Aninka Claassens THE new Traditional Courts Bill announced on Monday is an important victory for the rural people who rejected a previous version at public hearings in 2012, and for the provinces who opposed it in the National Council of Provinces. It is significant that the … Continue reading Aninka Claassens: South Africa Traditional Courts Bill Needs Enforcement Mechanisms