Examining land reform in South Africa: evidence from survey data

 

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dc.contributor.advisor Leibbrandt, Murray en_ZA
dc.contributor.advisor Piraino, Patrizio en_ZA
dc.contributor.author Ryan, Joanna en_ZA
dc.date.accessioned 2018-01-25T06:38:52Z
dc.date.available 2018-01-25T06:38:52Z
dc.date.issued 2017 en_ZA
dc.identifier.citation Ryan, J. 2017. Examining land reform in South Africa: evidence from survey data. University of Cape Town. en_ZA
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11427/26945
dc.description.abstract Land and land reform have long been contentious and highly charged topics in South Africa, with land performing the dual functions of redress for the past and development for the future. This research explores both these aspects of land, with the focus being on the impact of land receipt on household welfare and food insecurity, and social preferences for fairness and redistribution more generally. One of the main aims is to contribute to the land reform debate by providing previously-lacking quantitative evidence on the aggregate welfare outcomes of land redistribution, as well as the extent of social preferences for redistribution in the land restitution framework. In exploring these issues, the welfare outcomes of land are first explored using the National Income Dynamics Study (NIDS) data and unconditional quantile regression analysis. The focus is then narrowed to the food insecurity impact of land receipt, beginning with a methodological chapter outlining the development of a new food insecurity index applying the Alkire-Foster method of multidimensional poverty measurement (2009; 2011). This is followed by the presentation and discussion of food insecurity profiles of land beneficiary and non-beneficiary households. The new index is also used as an outcome measure in exploring the determinants of household food insecurity. These two sections again use the NIDS data. The final section shifts the emphasis from the economic welfare benefits of land redistribution to notions of fairness and social justice encapsulated by land restitution. A behavioural laboratory experiment is used to investigate social preferences for fairness, and the factors that influence redistributive inclinations, by exploring the relative weights placed on fairness considerations and self-interest, as well as the fairness ideal. The findings indicate that beneficiaries do not use the land received for productive purposes, a possible explanation for the limited economic welfare impacts of land reform that are observed. Despite this limited developmental impact, the laboratory experiment makes it clear that land reform plays an important role in addressing other needs and wants in society, particularly in respect of preferences for fairness and addressing historical injustices. en_ZA
dc.language.iso eng en_ZA
dc.subject.other Land Reform en_ZA
dc.subject.other Poverty and Inequality Research en_ZA
dc.title Examining land reform in South Africa: evidence from survey data en_ZA
dc.type Doctoral Thesis
uct.type.publication Research en_ZA
uct.type.resource Thesis en_ZA
dc.publisher.institution University of Cape Town
dc.publisher.faculty Faculty of Commerce en_ZA
dc.publisher.department School of Economics en_ZA
dc.type.qualificationlevel Doctoral
dc.type.qualificationname PhD en_ZA
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dc.identifier.apacitation Ryan, J. (2017). <i>Examining land reform in South Africa: evidence from survey data</i>. (Thesis). University of Cape Town ,Faculty of Commerce ,School of Economics. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/11427/26945 en_ZA
dc.identifier.chicagocitation Ryan, Joanna. <i>"Examining land reform in South Africa: evidence from survey data."</i> Thesis., University of Cape Town ,Faculty of Commerce ,School of Economics, 2017. http://hdl.handle.net/11427/26945 en_ZA
dc.identifier.vancouvercitation Ryan J. Examining land reform in South Africa: evidence from survey data. [Thesis]. University of Cape Town ,Faculty of Commerce ,School of Economics, 2017 [cited yyyy month dd]. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/11427/26945 en_ZA
dc.identifier.ris TY - Thesis / Dissertation AU - Ryan, Joanna AB - Land and land reform have long been contentious and highly charged topics in South Africa, with land performing the dual functions of redress for the past and development for the future. This research explores both these aspects of land, with the focus being on the impact of land receipt on household welfare and food insecurity, and social preferences for fairness and redistribution more generally. One of the main aims is to contribute to the land reform debate by providing previously-lacking quantitative evidence on the aggregate welfare outcomes of land redistribution, as well as the extent of social preferences for redistribution in the land restitution framework. In exploring these issues, the welfare outcomes of land are first explored using the National Income Dynamics Study (NIDS) data and unconditional quantile regression analysis. The focus is then narrowed to the food insecurity impact of land receipt, beginning with a methodological chapter outlining the development of a new food insecurity index applying the Alkire-Foster method of multidimensional poverty measurement (2009; 2011). This is followed by the presentation and discussion of food insecurity profiles of land beneficiary and non-beneficiary households. The new index is also used as an outcome measure in exploring the determinants of household food insecurity. These two sections again use the NIDS data. The final section shifts the emphasis from the economic welfare benefits of land redistribution to notions of fairness and social justice encapsulated by land restitution. A behavioural laboratory experiment is used to investigate social preferences for fairness, and the factors that influence redistributive inclinations, by exploring the relative weights placed on fairness considerations and self-interest, as well as the fairness ideal. The findings indicate that beneficiaries do not use the land received for productive purposes, a possible explanation for the limited economic welfare impacts of land reform that are observed. Despite this limited developmental impact, the laboratory experiment makes it clear that land reform plays an important role in addressing other needs and wants in society, particularly in respect of preferences for fairness and addressing historical injustices. DA - 2017 DB - OpenUCT DP - University of Cape Town LK - https://open.uct.ac.za PB - University of Cape Town PY - 2017 T1 - Examining land reform in South Africa: evidence from survey data TI - Examining land reform in South Africa: evidence from survey data UR - http://hdl.handle.net/11427/26945 ER - en_ZA


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