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The household effects of very large electricity tariff hikes in Zambia

Mashekwa Maboshe, Akabondo Kabechani and Grieve Chelwa
This paper simulates the real household expenditure effects of electricity price increases in Zambia. First, we find that electricity subsidies are highly regressive. Second, our partial equilibrium model simulations of the welfare effects of electricity tariff rises show that poorer households...
Nov 2018
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Female household headship and poverty in South Africa: an employment-based analysis

Chijioke O. Nwosu and Catherine Ndinda
Female household headship is generally associated with higher poverty incidence relative to male headship. Female headship has generally been on the increase in South Africa. And while generally declining over the post-apartheid period, poverty has increased in the recent past. South Africa also...
Aug 2018
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The effect of financial inclusion on welfare in sub-Saharan Africa: Evidence from disaggregated data

Anthanasius Fomum Tita and Meshach Jesse Aziakpono
Over two decades sub-Saharan Africa has grown an average by 4.8% per annum. A trend called “Africa rising in the literature” but this robust economic growth seem to have benefited only a minority of elite individuals as poverty in the region remains high and income inequality continues to rise...
May 2017
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Financial development and income inequality in Africa: A panel heterogeneous approach

Anthanasius FomumTita and Meshach Jesse Aziakpono
Although the financial sector of Africa has witnessed massive reforms to enhance its ability to support economic activities, reduce poverty and lower income inequality, Africa remains the poorest region and the second most unequal region in the world after Latin America. Despite these established...
Jun 2016
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The Migrant Network Effect: An empirical analysis of rural-to-urban migration in South Africa

Caroline Stapleton
Recent empirical migration literature in South Africa suggests that access to physical and human capital, in the way of finance and education respectively, are key factors in increasing one’s probability of migrating. This paper attempts to extend this literature by directly measuring the extent to...
Mar 2015
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