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Title:One Kind of Freedom: Poverty Dynamics in Post-Apartheid South Africa
Authors:Carter, Michael R.ISNI
May, Julian
Periodical:World Development
Geographic term:South Africa
Economics and Trade
External link:https://doi.org/10.1016/S0305-750X(01)00089-4
Abstract:Analysis of South Africa's 1993 Project for Statistics on Living Standards and Development survey indicated that half of all black South Africans lived in poverty. Drawing on a 1998 re-survey of households in the 1993 data set (the KwaZulu-Natal Income Dynamics Study, KIDS), this paper explores postapartheid poverty dynamics, asking whether the end of apartheid has been only one kind of freedom that has left a majority of black households stuck in a poverty trap from which they cannot escape. This paper documents the gross degree of mobility into and out of poverty during 1993-1998 and looks for clues regarding the degree to which those observed to move out of poverty were simply 'stochastically poor' in 1993, or whether the new freedoms permitted by the postapartheid economy enabled them to successfully accumulate and structurally move out of poverty. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum.