Measuring the vulnerability of sub-national regions in South Africa

Naudé, Wim, McGillivray, Mark and Rossouw, Stephanié 2009, Measuring the vulnerability of sub-national regions in South Africa, Oxford development studies, vol. 37, no. 3, Special Issue. Vulnerability in Development : Advances in Concept and Measurement, pp. 249-276.

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Title Measuring the vulnerability of sub-national regions in South Africa
Author(s) Naudé, Wim
McGillivray, Mark
Rossouw, Stephanié
Journal name Oxford development studies
Volume number 37
Issue number 3
Season Special Issue. Vulnerability in Development : Advances in Concept and Measurement
Start page 249
End page 276
Total pages 28
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication Abingdon, England
Publication date 2009-09
ISSN 1360-0818
1469-9966
Summary A small but growing literature has been concerned about the economic (and
environmental) vulnerability on the level of countries. Less attention is paid to the economic vulnerability of different regions within countries. By focusing on the vulnerability of subnational regions, this paper contributes to the small literature on the “vulnerability of place”. They authors see the vulnerability of place as being due to vulnerability in various domains, such as economic vulnerability, vulnerability of environment, and governance, demographic and health fragilities. They use a subnational data set on 354 magisterial districts from South Africa, recognize the potential relevance of measuring vulnerability on a subnational level, and construct a Local Vulnerability Index for the various districts. They condition this index on district per capita income and term this a Vulnerability Intervention Index, interpreting this as an indicator of where higher income per capita, often seen in the literature as a measure of resilience, will in itself be unlikely to reduce vulnerability.
Notes This article was also published as a chapter as : Measuring the vulnerability of subnational regions in South Africa, in Measuring vulnerability in developing countries : new analytical approaches, Routledge, London, England, 2012, pp.67-94.
Language eng
Field of Research 140199 Economic Theory not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 910199 Macroeconomics not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30028885

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