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Health and Inequality


Health Inequality and the 1918 Influenza in South Africa

Johan Fourie and Jonathan Jayes
The 1918 influenza – the Spanish flu – killed an estimated 6% of South Africans. Not all were equally affected. Mortality rates were particularly high in districts with a large share of black and coloured residents. To investigate why this happened, we transcribed 39,482 death certificates from the...
Feb 2021
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Impact of Social Transfers on Depressive Symptoms: Evidence from the South African Old Age Pension

Adeola Oyenubi and Joseph Ajefu
We study the effect of income receipt in form of Old age pension (OAP) on the prevalence of depressive symptoms using the Centre of Epidemiologic Studies Short Depression Scale (CES-D 10). We exploit the exogeneous age eligibility criteria in a regression discontinuity (RD) design to estimate the...
Oct 2020
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Obesity Based Labour Market Discrimination in South Africa: A Dynamic Panel Analysis

Junita Henry and Umakrishnan Kollamparambil
There is increasing concern regarding obesity related healthcare costs in South Africa. Obesity is also seen to have far reaching effects that seep into labour market outcomes (Barnett & Kumar, 2009). Using NIDS panel data, this study aims to examine the relationship between Body Mass Index and...
Aug 2017
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