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Redistribution with African Characteristics

Tuesday, 14 March 2017 11:21am

Image of Philip Nel 2016New paper on redistribution in Africa

Progressive income redistribution is central to the development agenda in Sub-Saharan Africa, but is receiving much less attention than it deserves. In a just-published paper, Philip Nel rectifies this oversight by exploring and explaining two specific manifestations of progressive redistribution during the period 1990–2010: first, declining levels of market income inequality in some states of the region and secondly, increasing use of fiscal means to reduce net income inequality in a broader set of states. While the dynamics of the first may not be sustainable, fiscal redistribution could become a more permanent feature of the redistributive landscape of the region, provided some challenges are met. The cross-national trends identified here could herald the arrival of more institutionalised, less emergency-prone welfare regimes in the region, buttressed by popular demand.

Read the article here.