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Title:Do the poor adapt to low income, minimal education and ill-health?
Authors:Barr, Abigail
Clark, DavidISNI
Periodical:Journal of African Economies (ISSN 0963-8024)
Geographic term:South Africa
living conditions
External link:https://jae.oxfordjournals.org/content/19/3/257.full.pdf
Abstract:The authors add to the small set of studies that investigate adaptation to low income among the poor and extend the analysis to education and health. To the extent possible given their data, the authors apply the methodology developed by A. Stutzer (2004) for investigating income aspirations. The data are taken from the Essentials of Life Survey (ELS), which was conducted in South Africa in 2001 by David Clark with the assistance and support of the Southern Africa Labour and Development Research Unit (SALDRU) at the University of Cape Town. In accordance with previous studies, the authors find that beliefs about the amounts of income necessary to get by and live well increase with both own household income and the incomes of proximate others. They also find a positive relationship between beliefs about education necessary to get by and live well and own education. However, people believe that more health is necessary to get by when a greater proportion of proximate others are ill or disabled. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract, edited]