Undergraduate Honors Theses

Thesis Defended

Spring 2011

Document Type

Thesis

Department

Economics

First Advisor

Prof. Francisca Antman

Abstract

South Africa’s land grant program was established in 1996 to racial inequality in land holdings. Valente (2009) found participation reduces food security levels, a finding inconsistent with the wider literature. Using OLS and propensity score matching models, I analyze the Labor Force Survey between 2011 – 2004, estimating the program’s effect on poverty. The data contains key variables such as participation in the redistribution program, household expenditure, and food security. The data also contains indicators of race, province, gender, age, education and farming reason. Results suggest program participants are worse off than non-participants, consistent with previous research.

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