Government social assistance transfers, income inequality and poverty in South Africa : a Computable General Equilibrium (CGE) - Microsimulation (MS) Model

Although social assistance transfers have grown at a faster pace in recent years after independence in South Africa, income inequality still remains one of the highest in the world. This thesis uses a top-down, bottom-up model which combines an econometrically-estimated microsimulation model of labor supply, a detailed tax-benefit module, and a computable general equilibrium model, in order to analyze the impact of government social assistance on income inequality and poverty in South Africa.


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