No. 2016-06 - Top Incomes in South Africa Over a Century

Date: 12 October 2016

There have been important studies of recent income inequality and of poverty in South Africa, but very little is known about the long-run trends over time. There is speculation about the extent of inequality when the Union of South Africa was formed in 1910, but no hard evidence. In this paper, we provide evidence that is partial – being confined to top incomes – but which for the first time shows how the income distribution changed on a (near) annual basis from 1913 onwards. We present estimates of ...

Tony Atkinson Facundo Alvaredo

Employment, Equity and Growth

No. 2016-06 - Top Incomes in South Africa Over a Century


Type: inet-working-paper

Alvarado, F. & Atkinson, A.B. (2016). 'Top Incomes in South Africa Over a Century'. INET Oxford Working Paper No. 2016-06.


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