A gender-focused macro-micro analysis of the poverty impacts of trade liberalization in South Africa

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dc.contributor.author Cockburn, John
dc.contributor.author Fofana, Ismael
dc.contributor.author Decaluwe, Bernard
dc.contributor.author Mabugu, Ramos
dc.contributor.author Chitiga-Mabugu, Margaret
dc.date.accessioned 2008-05-29T11:48:13Z
dc.date.available 2008-05-29T11:48:13Z
dc.date.issued 2007
dc.description.abstract Despite the general presumption in favor of trade liberalization, the question of how to implement it in a way to ensure equitable income distribution and sustainable poverty alleviation in developing countries is at the core of the current trade debate. We build a macroeconomic framework that integrates both market and non-market activities, while distinguishing male and female workers throughout, in order to evaluate impacts of tariffs elimination on men and women in South Africa. Our study reveals a strong gender bias against women with a decrease in their labor market participation, while men participate more in the market economy. This strong result is due to the fact that female workers are concentrated in contracting sectors that were initially among the protected sectors and that benefit little from the fall in input prices. In contrast, male workers are more concentrated in the expanding export-intensive sectors. Female labor market participation drops particularly for Black African women, as they are more concentrated in contracting sectors. As male labor market participation and real wages increase more than for their female counterparts, their income share increases within the household. Women continue to suffer nonetheless from a heavy time use burden given their increased domestic work with trade liberalization. en
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dc.identifier.citation Cockburn, J, Fofana, I, Decaluwe, B, Mabugu, R & Chitiga, M 2007, 'A gender-focused macro-micro analysis of the poverty impacts of trade liberalization in South Africa', Research on Economic Inequality, vol. 15, pp. 269-305. [http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/bookseries/10492585] en
dc.identifier.other 10.1016/S1049-2585(07)15011-0
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2263/5650
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Elsevier en
dc.rights Elsevier en
dc.subject International trade en
dc.subject Income distribution en
dc.subject Poverty en
dc.subject South African Economy en
dc.subject Gender en
dc.subject Trade liberalization en
dc.subject.lcsh Poverty -- South Africa en
dc.subject.lcsh Free trade -- South Africa en
dc.title A gender-focused macro-micro analysis of the poverty impacts of trade liberalization in South Africa en
dc.type Postprint Article en


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