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3 July 2014 | Markus Goldstein, World Bank Development Impact Blog
So there I was, a graduate student doing my PhD fieldwork. In the rather hot office at the University of Ghana, I was going through questionnaire after questionnaire checking for consistency, missed questions and other dimensions of quality. All of a sudden I saw a pattern: in the time allocation questions, men in one village seemed to be doing the exact same things, for the same amount of time, on two very different days of the week.
To make a long story short, the male enumerator in that village was fabricating that data. Further investigation revealed that he was not asking the respondents about the second day, but just copying over their answers from the first day. This was my first introduction to the production of faked data.
Now, if you would rather not think about where our data comes from and what might be wrong with it, you should stop reading this post now. But if you do, an interesting new paper by Arden Finn and Vimal Ranchhod gives us a lot to think about. Read more...
In September 2012, UCT hosted a 5 day conference entitled, “Towards Carnegie3: Strategies to Overcome Poverty & Inequality”. The conference launched the Carnegie3 Inquiry, at the request of the National Planning Commission, bringing together people from a range of backgrounds to share ideas and models for effective action in eliminating poverty and significantly reducing inequality. The Guide identifies the main themes running through the conference, notes each contribution briefly, discusses areas needing further research and points out some of the major gaps that have emerged.
There will be no SALDRU seminars during the mid-year vacation. Seminars will begin again in the last week of July.
The impact of cigarette excise tax increases and harmonisation in the east African community
Jodie Posen and Corne van Walbeek
Determinants of smoking initiation in South Africa
Nicole Vellios and Corne van Walbeek
Are the tobacco industry's claims about illicit trade credible?
Corne van Walbeek and Lerato Shai
Unemployment and household formation
Amina Ebrahim, Ingrid Woolard and Murray Leibbrandt
The transmission of longevity across generations: The case of the settler Cape Colony
Patrizio Piraino, Sean Muller, Jeanne Cilliers and Johan Fourie
Getting ahead or falling behind: Findings from the second wave of the National Income Dynamics Study
Ingrid Woolard, Murray Leibbrandt and Reza Daniels
Income mobility in a high-inequality society: Evidence from the first two waves of the National Income Dynamics Study
Arden Finn, Murray Leibbrandt and James Levinsohn
Mortality in South Africa: Socio-economic profile and association with self-reported health
Cally Ardington and Boingotlo Gasealahwe
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
Econ 3x3 brief: The significant decline in poverty in its many dimensions since 1993
Arden Finn, Murray Leibbrandt and Ingrid Woolard