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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...
16 March 2015 | Daily Maverick
NIDS 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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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
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Seminar: 13.00 - 14.00, Seminar Room, 4th Floor, Economics Building
• Skills mismatch and informal sector participation among educated immigrants: Evidence from South Africa
Alexandra Doyle, Amos Peters and Asha Sundaram
• Information, mobilization, and demand for redistribution: A survey experiment in South Africa
Miquel Pellicer, Patrizio Piraino and Eva Wegner
• South Africa’s evolving political settlement in comparative perspective
Brian Levy, Alan Hirsch and Ingrid Woolard
Malcolm Keswell and Michael R. Carter
Goodness C. Aye, Mehmet Balcilar, John P. Dunne, Rangan Gupta and Reneé van Eyden
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
• Econ 3x3 brief: How the old age pension is helping young people from rural areas find jobs
Cally Ardington and Clare Hofmeyr
• Econ 3x3 brief: More financial aid is not the best way to close the racial gap in tertiary education
David Lam, Cally Ardington, Nicola Branson and Murray Leibbrandt
• Econ3x3 brief: Enforcement and compliance: The case of minimum wages and mandatory contracts for domestic workers
Taryn Dinkelman, Vimal Ranchhod and Clare Hofmeyr
• Econ 3x3 brief: The matric certificate is still valuable in the labour market
Clare Hofmeyr, Nicola Branson, Murray Leibbrandt, Cally Ardington and David Lam