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Human Resources; Human Development; Income Distribution; Migration

The impacts of unconditional cash transfers on schooling in adolescence and young adulthood: Evidence from South Africa

Neryvia Pillay Bell
I study an expansion of a South African social grant program that provided unconditional cash transfers to adolescents for the first time. Over the period 2009 to 2012, age eligibility for the child support grant was progressively extended from children under 14 to children under 18 years old. I...
May 2020
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Access to micro – and informal loans: evaluating the impact on the quality of life of poor females in South Africa

Talita Greyling and Stephanié Rossouw
Background: Since the early 1980s, many governments have investigated the possibility of utilising access to microloans as a pathway to grow economies out of unemployment and thereby improve people's quality of life. Studies that have previously investigated the impact of microloans found a...
Mar 2019
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Quality of life: Validation of an instrument and analysis of relationships between domains

Talita Greyling and Fiona Tregenna
Quality of life (QoL) is now widely recognised as a multidimensional concept. This study validates an instrument to measure multidimensional QoL, and investigates the relationships between the domains thereof. The domains analysed are: health, housing and infrastructure, socio-economic status,...
Feb 2019
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Impact of internal in- migration on income inequality in receiving areas: A district level study of South Africa

Umakrishnan Kollamparambil
The impact of internal migration on regional income inequality of the receiving areas has hitherto gone largely unstudied. This dearth of literature is especially surprising because income inequality and in-migration into urban centres of growth are two issues that many developing economies are...
Oct 2016
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Non-Economic Quality of Life and Population Density in South Africa

Dr. Talita Greyling and Dr. Stephanié Rossouw
The purpose of this study is to investigate the relationship between population density and non-economic quality of life. Popular opinion has generally been that population density can be seen as beneficial for economic growth, as it allows for greater productivity, greater incomes and can be...
Oct 2016
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The Expected Well-being of Urban Refugees and Asylum Seekers in Johannesburg

Talita Greyling
The influx of asylum seekers and refugees from across Africa to democratic South Africa has increased significantly. The aim of this paper is to determine the factors that influence the ‘expected well-being’ of this unique group. ‘Expected well-being’ is an important determinant of both the...
Mar 2015
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Average and Heterogeneous Effects of Class Size on Educational Achievement in Lesotho

Ramaele Moshoeshoe
Understanding class size effects on educational achievement remains a preoccupation of many economists. But empirical results are, to this far, still inconclusive. I use the two-stage least squares and the instrumental variable quantile regression methods on Lesotho’s grade 6 students maths and...
Feb 2015
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Construction and analysis of a composite quality of life index for a region of South Africa

Talita Dalton-Greyling and Fiona Tregenna
This study employs a novel approach to measure and analyse quality of life in the Gauteng City-Region of South Africa. A comprehensive composite index is constructed. Comparing the quality of life of different groups, groups such as Africans, residents in urban informal settlements and females...
Nov 2014
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Economic Growth and Inequality: Evidence from the Young Democracies of South America

Manoel Bittencourt
We investigate in this paper whether income growth has played any role on inequality in all nine young South American democracies during 1970-2007. The results, based on dynamic panel time-series analysis, suggest that income growth has played a progressive role in reducing inequality during the...
Jul 2013
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Effects of Primary, Secondary and Tertiary Education on Conflict Intensity in Africa

Julius A Agbor
This study investigates the impact of different dimensions of schooling education (primary, secondary and tertiary enrolment) on the intensity of intra-state conflicts in Africa during 1989-2008. It uses fixed-effects regressions in a panel framework and annual data for 25 African countries...
May 2013
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