In the Media

2015 South African Child Gauge

Child GaugeThe annual Child Gauge, a report compiled by the Children's Institute at UCT, was released on 10 November 2015 and features a number of contributions by SALDRU researchers and associates. Its theme is youth and the intergenerational transmission of poverty. See below for a number of articles and other materials on the Gauge. 


Econometrics Short Course

This course will revise the statistical concepts relevant to regression analysis. It introduces Ordinary Least Squares regression and inference in multiple regression. Also covered is regression with qualitative variables (including Linear Probability models, logits and probits). The final day is devoted to specification and data issues in regression analysis. 

Dates: 18 to 29 January 2016



Understanding Panel Survey Data Short Course

Dates: 1-2 February 2016

The aim of this course is to introduce students to the techniques used in the analysis of “cross-sectional” panel data sets, such as the National Income Dynamics Study (NIDS). The course covers first differencing, fixed effects and random effects regression estimators as well as the construction and evaluation of transition matrices.  


Additional information for both courses

Prerequisites: Course participants should be familiar with Stata and with basic statistical tools. Don't know Stata? Have a look at our Introduction to Stata course. 

Course fees: The cost of each course is R 13 000. Partial scholarships are available to bona fide students and academics. 

Closing date for applications is 18 December 2015

Seminar Series

Informal economy progress: The case of Delft South 2010-2015

Wednesday, 2 December 2015

The next seminar will be presented by Andrew Charman who is the Director of the Sustainable Livelihoods Foundation, a specialist research and community engagement organisation. His current research focuses on understanding the scope, scale and spatiality of the township informal economy through an examination of case studies. 


In 2010 a team of researchers undertook a survey of informal micro-enterprises. Using a small area census approach, the objective was to identify all existing micro-enterprises within an area of sufficient size to adequately reflect the spatial dynamics of business distribution whilst enabling the researchers to obtain a qualitative understanding of enterprise dynamics. In 2015 the researchers returned to the field to resurvey the area, and identify measurable evidence of enterprise growth and/or change over the period. It was found that the number of micro-enterprise activities had doubled, with growth recorded in all but two sectors. The seminar will endeavour to make sense of this surprising entrepreneurial responsiveness and growth in micro-enterprises through examining data from the enterprise survey and geospatial mapping. 

Lunch: 12h30 - 13h00, Staff Lounge, 4th Floor, School of Economics, Middle Campus

Seminar: 13h00-14h00, SAB Seminar Room, 4th Floor, School of Economics, Middle Campus

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