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WP 99/033 - Measuring Poverty in South Africa

Author: 
Ingrid Woolard and Murray Leibbrandt

Date of Publication: 
October 1999

Abstract: 
This paper sets out the methodological issues for the measurement of poverty before presenting a poverty profile of South Africa. It tests the sensitivity of the poverty profile to choices around the metric used to measure well-being, the equivalence scale used and the level of the poverty line. The key finding is that the defining features of South African poverty are so pronounced that the profile of poverty is robust to changes in the underlying measurement assumptions.

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