In the Media

Opinion: Has Zuma's government done "a good job"?

23 March 2015  |  Africa Check

President Jacob Zuma’s government has done “a good job of stabilising the economy and investing in infrastructure to propel the economy into the next phase of growth, while investing in improving the quality of life of the most vulnerable”. This is one of the central claims made by Jeff Radebe – Minister in the Presidency responsible for planning, monitoring and evaluation – in an article defending the president’s performance. Radebe listed a number of achievements he attributed to Zuma and the government. Are his statements based on reality? Africa Check assessed them. Read more...


UCT’s NIDS initiative: South Africa by numbers

16 March 2015  |  Daily Maverick

Daily Maverick article 16 March 2015NIDS is one of a kind, tracking nearly 30,000 citizens across the country to measure the changing dynamics of their lives. From this we know that poverty is falling, but that nearly two-thirds of those classified as poor in the 2008 survey were still poor in 2012; that nearly half of employed youths don’t have stable employment, and that chronic lifestyle disease is the second most pervasive illness after HIV/AIDS. Read more...


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SALDRU is hiring!

As part of a broader transformation objective, SALDRU is looking to appoint a Junior Research Fellow in a year-long appointment. The successful candidate will gain experience in applied empirical research through working on a range of our research and field projects. The researcher will be mentored by several prominent South African economists. We particularly encourage young economists who are interested in a career in academia to apply.

The closing date is 15 April 2015. Please find more information here.


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SALDRU DataFirst

Seminar Series

Taxation, redistribution and the social contract in Brazil
1 APRIL 2015
Armando BarrientosThis Wednesday's seminar will be presented by Armando BarrientosProfessor and Research Director at the Brooks World Poverty Institute (BWPI). He is also co-Director of the International Research Initiative on Brazil and Africa. His work has been published widely, including articles in World Development, Applied Economics, The Manchester School and Journal of Development Studies. His most recent books are ‘Just Give Money to the Poor’ (2010). ‘Demographics, Employment and Old Age Security: Emerging Trends and Challenges in South Asia’ (2010), and ‘Social Assistance in Developing Countries’ (2013).

The significant rise in Brazil’s tax/gdp ratio is one of the pillars of its inclusive growth model. In the light of the political theories of taxation and redistribution the paper assesses the factors explaining the recent hike in the tax/gdp ratio. The paper pays attention to (i) discontinuities in pressures for redistribution; (ii) the influence of political competition and democratization; and (iii) the alignment of the fiscal and social contract; (iv) the absence of redistributive tax reform. It considers whether growing public debate on tax and popular mobilizations have implications for the sustainability of inclusive growth.

Time and place

Lunch: 12.30 - 13.00, Staff Lounge, 4th Floor, Economics Building

Seminar: 13.00 - 14.00, Seminar Room, 4th Floor, Economics Building

Journal Articles

• Poverty and land redistribution

Malcolm Keswell and Michael R. Carter


• Military expenditure, economic growth and structural instability: a case study of South Africa


Goodness C. Aye, Mehmet Balcilar, John P. Dunne, Rangan Gupta and Reneé van Eyden


 Male circumcision and sexual risk behaviours may contribute to considerable ethnic disparities in HIV prevalence in Kenya: An ecological analysis

Chris Richard Kenyon, Lung Vu, Joris Menten and Brendan Maughan-Brown


• The economic consequences of AIDS mortality in South Africa generations
Cally Ardington, Till Barnighausen, Anne Case and Alicia Menendez


• Partner age differences and concurrency in South Africa: Implications for HIV-infection risk among young women
Brendan Maughan-Brown, Chris Kenyon and Mark Lurie

Other Writing

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