Turning the tide on inequality

Under this work stream UNU-WIDER, the National Treasury (NT), and the Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation (DPME) will work jointly to address distributional issues in both the bottom half and the top of the income distribution. While South Africa’s peaceful transition from racial domination to democracy is rightly acclaimed, lack of progress towards a more balanced distribution of opportunities and income raises difficult political and economic questions. What kinds of social, economic or institutional change might contribute to more rapid transformation of opportunities for the bottom half of the household income distribution? What kinds of constraints on power and privilege might contribute to fairer outcomes at the top tail of the distribution? These are practical and political questions of interest both in South Africa and internationally, and they are economic and institutional questions of considerable complexity.

The research will further explore topics, such as the shape of the personal income tax curve, pricing of public health services, housing finance, regulation of land ownership, and access to vocational education. The determinants of opportunity at the bottom and the top of the income distribution have both common features and important differences.

The aim is to examine both commonalities and divergences, and explore options for reform that might yield better outcomes. The intention also is to explore the inter-connections between different aspects of social, institutional and economic progress — how patterns of educational opportunity relate to labour market outcomes, how household living conditions affect schooling or health, how urban–rural linkages relate to earnings trends, for example.

  • Public research results meeting
    18 January 2019
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  • Blog
    Research that matters - a research work shop in Pretoria in November
    by Timothy Shipp

    I found myself in the third-floor conference rooms of a Pretoria hotel for a meeting with economists, researchers, and policymakers involved in...

    14 December 2018
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  • In the media
    Finn Tarp on Kaya Bizz with Gugulethu Cele
    Timothy Shipp

    Kaya Bizz host Gugulethu Cele interviewed UNU-WIDER Director and SA-TIED operational programme manager Finn Tarp on KayaFM in South Africa. Listen...

    29 October 2018
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  • In the media
    Economist Murray Leibbrandt
    Timothy Shipp

    SA-TIED economist, Murray Leibbrandt, appeared on a South African national broadcast Wednesday, where he spoke to anchor, Shahan Ramkissoon about...

    25 October 2018
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  • In the media
    Finance Minister Tito Mboweni delivers a speech to parliament

    South Africa's Finance Minister, Tito Mboweni lifted up the SA-TIED programme in his maiden Medium Term Budget Policy Speech in parliament on...

    25 October 2018
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  • In the media
    UNU-WIDER
    Timothy Shipp

    SA-TIED operational programme manager, Finn Tarp, was featured on South African national broadcasting where he spoke to anchor, Nzinga Qunta,...

    25 October 2018
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  • News
    by SA-TIED
    PRESS RELEASE
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    24 October 2018
     
    24 October 2018
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  • Public research results meeting

    Under the SA-TIED programme qualified researchers have access to highly granular administrative tax datasets derived from South African Revenue...

    23 October 2018
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  • Project meeting

    Researchers from the Turning the tide on inequality work stream will meet in Pretoria to share their works in progress.

    19 October 2018
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  • Request for research proposals

    We are seeking qualified proposals to advance economic research, capacity-building, and policy dialogue in South Africa and the southern Africa...

    16 October 2018
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  • Vacancy
    Vacancy Research Assistant

    Station: National Treasury, Pretoria, South Africa.

    27 September 2018
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    inequality
  • Project meeting

    The Young Scholars Programme is targeted towards South African Master's-level students working on the research component of their degree.

    20 June 2018
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  • Project meeting

    The new research programme, Southern Africa – Towards Inclusive Economic Development (SA-TIED), will launch with an official event on 30 November...

    07 March 2018
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  • News

    UNU-WIDER launched its newest programme ‘Southern Africa – Towards Inclusive Economic Development (SA-TIED)’ on 30 November 2017 in Pretoria,...

    11 December 2017
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  • Vacancy
    Vacancy - Research Associate

    UNU-WIDER is looking for an outstanding individual with strong commitment and potential to support the research programme of the Institute....

    29 September 2017
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  • Blog
    SDG 17: Partnerships for the goals
    By Kyle McNabb

    At the core of efforts to meet the Sustainable Development Goals lies a commitment to enhance domestic revenue mobilization. Strengthening...

    27 July 2017
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  • Blog
    By James Stewart

    Policymakers often work in the dark, as they try to make real impact on people’s lives. If you don’t have good data, being worked on by good...

    29 March 2017
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