The role of social grants in mitigating the socio-economic impact of HIV/AIDS: evidence from the Free State Province.

 

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dc.contributor.author Booysen, Frederik
dc.date.accessioned 2016-04-25T10:08:47Z
dc.date.available 2016-04-25T10:08:47Z
dc.date.issued 2003
dc.identifier.citation Booysen, F. (2003). The role of social grants in mitigating the socio-economic impact of HIV/AIDS: Evidence from the Free State Province. Centre for Social Science Research, University of Cape Town. en_ZA
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11427/19183
dc.description.abstract This paper investigates the role of social grants in mitigating the socioeconomic impact of HIV/AIDS using data from a panel designed to investigate the household impact of the epidemic. The child support, disability and foster care grants play an important role in mitigating the impact of HIV/AIDS, given that eligibility for these grants is driven largely by the increasing burden of chronic illness, the mounting orphan crisis and the impoverishment of households associated with the epidemic. Yet, take-up of these grants remains low and much scope remains to improve take-up rates. Social grants also play an important role in alleviating poverty in affected households, resulting in significant declines in the severity of poverty. Income received from social grants also saw expenditure on food increase in affected households, while oldage pensions saw household expenditure on education increase. Given that many orphaned and other children live in households headed by their grandparents, these transfers targeted at the elderly benefit children indirectly. This raises the question as to whether or not grants aimed at benefiting children should rather be administered via the education system in order to ensure that these transfers benefit children in a more direct way. en_ZA
dc.language eng en_ZA
dc.source Centre for Social Science Research
dc.source.uri http://www.cssr.uct.ac.za/
dc.subject.other social grants
dc.subject.other socio-economic impact
dc.subject.other HIV/AIDS
dc.title The role of social grants in mitigating the socio-economic impact of HIV/AIDS: evidence from the Free State Province. en_ZA
dc.type Working Paper en_ZA
dc.date.updated 2016-04-25T10:06:13Z
uct.type.publication Research en_ZA
uct.type.resource Research paper en_ZA
dc.publisher.institution University of Cape Town
dc.publisher.faculty Faculty of Humanities en_ZA
dc.publisher.department Centre for Social Science Research(CSSR) en_ZA
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