Xenophobia in South Africa: Unequal opportunities drive violence

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

Stiglitz – American Inequality Did Not Just Happen

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

What do we really know about income inequality?

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.”

Work In Progress

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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How Dataviz Can Unintentionally Perpetuate Inequality

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

Coffee and the minimum wage – A short reflection

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