In the Media

Study on how to lift workers out of poverty

26 August 2015  |  Business Day Live

Business Day Live 26 August 2015New research from a team at Wits, which included SALDRU graduate associate Arden Finn, indicates that to lift wage earners and their families out of poverty, earnings would need to reach around the R4,000 level. The research emerges as business, labour and the government have been closeted in negotiations over a national minimum wage for much of this year, with the aim to reach agreement in time for President Jacob Zuma’s state of the nation speech in February. Read more…


South Africa's 5 million working poor

26 August 2015  |  GroundUp

GroundUp 26 Aug 2015A study by University of Cape Town economist Arden Finn to determine the wage level at which a worker and his or her family could be brought up to the poverty line found R4,125 was the carefully qualified answer. Unsurprisingly, 95% of those employed in domestic services and 90% of those in agriculture earn less than this. About half of those employed in manufacturing and transport also earn below the working-poor line. Read more...



Recent events

July 2015

Rachel Glennester, Executive Director of J-PAL Global and Scientific Director of J-PAL Africa, presented a lecture at UCT on "Globally Informed, Locally Grounded Policymaking." Watch it here.

The Poverty and Inequality Initiative at UCT, in partnership with the World Bank, recently hosted a 4-day Poverty and Social Impact Analysis (PSIA) learning event titled From Evidence to Policy - Innovations in Shaping Reforms in Africa. More information, including the prsentations, is available here.


Applications open: UCT Summer Training Programme in Social Science Research using Household Survey Data

Applications are now open for our annual Summer Training Programme. The course is 2 weeks long, and will run from 11 - 22 January 2016. The course is designed for university students or graduates seeking further training in statistics and survey analysis using Stata.

The course is offered free of charge and there is limited financial aid in the form of free accommodation and a transport subsidy available to those who live outside of the Western Cape. Applications close on 16 October 2015. Please see here for more information on the course.

Seminar Series

The next SALDRU seminar will take place on 9 September 2015. Details to follow.

Working Papers

• South African poverty lines: a review and two new money-metric thresholds

Joshua Budlender, Murray Leibbrandt and Ingrid Woolard


• Does tenure insecurity explain the variations in land-related investment decisions in rural Ethiopia?

Mbhuba Shifa, Murray Leibbrandt and Martin Wittenberg


• Fertility and mother's labour market behaviour: Evidence from the 2011 South African Census

Cally Ardington, David Lam, Murray Leibbrandt & Alicia Menendez

Journal Articles

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