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Economic Development: Urban, Rural, Regional, and Transportation Analysis; Housing; Infrastructure

Exploring evidence of spatial economic agglomeration in Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality, Gauteng, South Africa

Koech Cheruiyot
Since Marshall's (1890) work on industrial districts in 19^{th} century England, agglomeration economies are credited for providing the needed catalytic role to economic growth and development. It does this by allowing critical masses, where knowledge spillovers among firms; labour market pooling;...
Jan 2020
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Inequality in South Africa: what does a composite index of wellbeing reveal?

StephaniƩ Rossouw and Talita Greyling
Policymakers need better information regarding wellbeing inequality to ascertain the contributing factors and to determine whether policy has been successful in improving the spread over time. In this paper, we construct a multidimensional composite wellbeing measure, at a micro level, which...
Sep 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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Regional disparities in income-independent quality of life in South Africa: convergence or divergence?

Dr. StephaniƩ Rossouw and Dr. Talita Greyling
The purpose of this study is to add to the empirical literature regarding quality of life convergence dynamics. It achieves this by analysing and comparing income and income-independent quality of life (IIQoL) convergence dynamics across South Africa's 234 municipalities for the period 1996-2014...
Mar 2018
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Impact of Crime on Firm Entry: Evidence from South Africa

Godfrey Mahofa, Asha Sundaram and Lawrence Edwards
In this paper, we analyse the relationship between crime and the entry of firms across local municipalities in South Africa. We use data on the incidence of crime, sourced from the South African Police Service, and a unique database of business registrations over the period 2003 to 2011, to show...
Dec 2016
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Non-Economic Quality of Life and Population Density in South Africa

Dr. Talita Greyling and Dr. StephaniƩ 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 Contribution of Fiscal Decentralization to Regional Inequality: Empirical Results for South African Municipalities

Hammed Amusa and Ramos Mabugu
Over the past two decades, many African countries have carried out reforms aimed at decentralizing the political, administrative and fiscal structures of the public sector. The need to transform the structure of governance is informed by the view that decentralization increases the overall...
Apr 2016
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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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