A Decent Standard of Living
A Decent Living Level
SASPRI has been working with colleagues at the Studies in Poverty and Inequality Institute (SPII) and the Labour Research Service (LRS) on projects which aim to estimate the income required for a decent living level for all South Africans. Initial work builds on earlier work undertaken by members of SASPRI in determining socially perceived necessities for an acceptable standard of living.
The following report has now been published and is available for download:
A Decent Living Level for South Africa: A report on how possession of socially perceived necessities relates to income (2015) Michael Noble, Helen Barnes, Gemma Wright, Wanga Zembe-Mkabile and Michell Mpike (SASPRI); Isobel Frye (SPII); Trenton Elsley (LRS)
Decent Income Standard
SASPRI, the Studies in Poverty and Inequality Institute and the Labour Research Service have been part of a pilot study to test the applicability of the “minimum income standard approach” to estimate the income required for a decent standard of living in middle income developing countries which was led by the Centre for Research in Social Policy at Loughborough University. The project involves both South Africa and Mexico.
SASPRI was responsible for the fieldwork in South Africa which took place in Cape Town and the Eastern Cape. A report of the South African pilot is available here.
A research proposal is currently being developed for a full scale project in South Africa.