Income Inequality and Poverty in South Africa

  • Mike McGrath


In the context of the South African economy, where the apartheid system existed as a malevolent invisible hand which severely distorted the distribution of income, an encompassing perspective of marginalisation is best given by examining those households which are marginal to the economy in terms of their incomes. This paper describes the distribution of income and then examines the extent of poverty before analysing the characteristics of households in the lowest deciles of the income distribution.


Income Inequality Capita Income Income Distribution Gini Coefficient Poor Household 
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© Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited 1996

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  • Mike McGrath

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