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26 August 2015 | Business Day Live
New 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…
26 August 2015 | GroundUp
A 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...
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 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.
The next SALDRU seminar will take place on 9 September 2015. Details to follow.
Joshua Budlender, Murray Leibbrandt and Ingrid Woolard
Mbhuba Shifa, Murray Leibbrandt and Martin Wittenberg
Cally Ardington, David Lam, Murray Leibbrandt & Alicia Menendez
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