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24 July 2015 | IOL News
A new draft policy which sets out how schools should support pregnant pupils and protect them from discrimination is expected to be published for public comment before the end of this year. The policy is expected to put an end to schools expelling or excluding pregnant pupils, and will emphasise that pupils have the right to remain at school during and after their pregnancy. Read more...
19 July 2015 | Business Report
A study by the University of Cape Town’s Southern Africa Labour and Development Research Unit has cast doubt on the effectiveness of the government’s youth wage subsidy in the first two quarters after its inception on January 1 last year. It found no evidence that the introduction of the employment tax incentive had any impact on the rate at which young people found jobs. “In the first six months (after) the introduction of the (employment tax incentive), we find no evidence that it has had any substantial, positive and statistically significant effect on aggregate youth employment probabilities,” the unit says in its report. Read more...
SALDRU Affiliate, David Lam, to direct University of Michigan Institute for Social Research
David Lam, SALDRU Affiliate and Honorary Professor in the School of Economics, was appointed by the Regents of the University of Michigan to be the 8th director of the Institute. David has the academic, administrative and personal qualities as well as the knowledge of ISR and its unique culture necessary to help ISR do what it does best – reimagine social science in the public interest. Read more...
Murray Leibbrandt recently contributed to a BBC podcast on the very high levels of inequality in South Africa:
The violent riots on the streets of South Africa in recent weeks have seen foreigners killed, their shops looted and 5,000 left homeless. They are accused of taking jobs from locals in a country where high unemployment is a big concern - and an example of the gaping chasm that remains between rich and poor. So 21 years after Nelson Mandela pledged to liberate all South Africans from the continuing bondage of poverty and deprivation, why is South Africa one of the most unequal societies on the planet.
Mbhuba Shifa, Murray Leibbrandt and Martin Wittenberg
Cally Ardington, David Lam, Murray Leibbrandt & Alicia Menendez
Jessica Standish-White and Arden Finn
Timothy Brophy, Reza Daniels and Sibongile Musundwa
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
• 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