Towards measuring social cohesion in South Africa

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Show simple item record Njozela, Lindokuhle Shaw, Ingrid Burns, Justine 2016-10-19T13:08:59Z 2016-10-19T13:08:59Z 2016-08
dc.identifier.citation Njozela, L., Shaw, I., Burns, J. (2016). Towards measuring social cohesion in South Africa. Cape Town: SALDRU, University of Cape Town. SALDRU Working Paper Number 187/ NIDS Discussion Paper 2016/14.
dc.identifier.isbn 978-1-928281-48-1
dc.description.abstract This paper uses data collected across the four waves of the National Income Dynamics Study (NIDS) to construct a measure of social cohesion for South Africa. We compare our index to one derived using the Afrobarometer data and find a large degree of consistency in trends in the index and its constituent components over time across the two datasets. However, there is less consistency in the measures once one moves to lower levels of geographic disaggregation. We also find far less variability in the constructed index relying on NIDS panel data as opposed to the repeated cross‐sections from Afrobarometer. Having derived the index, we then correlate it with a variety of indicators of social and economic well‐being. We show that higher levels of education, per capita income and employment are positively associated with higher social cohesion while social cohesion is negatively associated with poverty, service delivery protest and perceptions of crime. In addition, municipal policy and competence are closely associated with higher social cohesion. While this work is exploratory, it is encouraging, and suggests new opportunities for future research to begin to take seriously the link between social cohesion and economic and social development. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Lindokuhle Njozela: School of Economics, University of Cape Town. Ingrid Shaw: Justine Burns: School of Economics, University of Cape Town, Acknowledgements: Funding for this research from the Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation is gratefully acknowledged. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Saldru Working Papers;187
dc.title Towards measuring social cohesion in South Africa en_US
dc.type Working Paper en_US

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