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N37

Economic History: Labor and Consumers, Demography, Education, Health, Welfare, Income, Wealth, Religion, and Philanthropy: Africa; Oceania

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A History With Evidence: Income inequality in the Dutch Cape Colony

Johan Fourie and Dieter von Fintel
The arrival of European settlers at the Cape in 1652 marked the beginning of what would seemingly become an extremely unequal society, with ramifications into modern-day South Africa. In this paper, we measure the income inequality at three different points over the first century of Dutch rule at...
Sep 2010
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The dynamics of inequality in a newly settled, preindustrial society: The case of the Cape Colony

Johan Fourie and Dieter von Fintel
Inequality is a major concern in many of the world’s developing regions. South Africa is no exception, as the voluminous literature on the subject attests to (see Bhorat and Kanbur 2006, for example). Indeed, modern South Africa is one of the most unequal societies in the world, primarily as a...
Jul 2009
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