In the Media

'South Africa is still a deeply traumatised country'

8 June 2016  |  Eyewitness News

Former Truth and Reconciliation Commissioner Yasmin Sookasays 20 years after the first hearings of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC), South Africa is still a deeply traumatised country. Sooka is one of 13 former commissioners interviewed by Eyewitness News for a special series of podcasts, focusing on the state of reconciliation in the country today, 17 years after the commission handed in its report. She has asked what South Africa needs to do to realise, what she calls, the dream of the Constitution. Read more.


Thomas Piketty on inequality in developing countries (great, but still not enough on politics)

31 May 2016  |  Oxfam blog

I heard econ rock star Thomas Piketty speak for the first time last week – hugely enjoyable. The occasion was the annual conference of the LSE’s new International Inequalities Institute, with Piketty headlining...He started with a mea culpa for the lack of attention in his best selling Capital in the 21st Century to inequality in developing countries. The good news is that he is now putting that right, with research under way on inequality in South Africa, Brazil, the Middle East, India and China. He gave us a preview on the first three. Read more.


International Workshop on Inequality and Middle Class Development in Africa

Cape Town, 4-6 May 2016

Against the background of a renewed interest in the impact of the distribution of income and wealth on socioeconomic development, this workshop focused on the potential of an emerging middle class in Africa to foster inclusive growth and play a transformative socio-political role in their respective countries. The workshop was organized by the GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies in cooperation with the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation (IJRI) and SALDRU. In the course of three days, it provided participants with the opportunity to critically engage with questions around the development of a middle class in Africa from different perspectives. Participants presented current research results, structured the debate and exchanged ideas between research and policy making, and deliberated on joint strategies for a more integrated approach to the understanding of middle class formation, its segmentation, as well as its political and social orientations. Please see here for information about the workshop and to view the presentations.

Seminar Series

Socio-economic correlates with the prevalence and onset of diabetes in South Africa: Evidence from the first four waves of the National Income Dynamics Study

FRIDAY, 22 July 2016

This Friday SALDRU will hold an extra seminar. It will be presented by Velenkosini Matsebula, a Research Officer at SALDRU. 


We make use of multiple waves of National Income Dynamics Study data to investigate the socio-economic factors that correlate with the prevalence and onset of diabetes. Our analysis follows a cohort of 3470 older adults aged forty and above, who are interviewed four times over a six year period. We use linear probability models and estimate the likelihood of diabetes as a function of age, race, gender, education, income, exercise and obesity. Our primary findings are that age and obesity correlate strongly with diabetes, while income does not have a statistically significant effect, conditional on the other covariates. Our regression estimates indicate that of individuals who reported not being diabetic in Wave 1, those who were obese and morbidly obese were 12.9 and 16.7 percentage points more likely to have experienced the onset of diabetes respectively, relative to those with a BMI in the healthy range. In addition, frequent exercise does appear to have a slight protective effect against the onset of diabetes, and there is some evidence that better educated people have a lower risk of onset of the disease.

Lunch: 12.30-13.00, Staff Lounge, 4th Floor

Seminar: 13.00-14.00, Seminar Room, 4th Floor

Other Writing

Youth friendly clinics make inroads in reducing unintended teen births in South Africa

Nicola Branson and Tanya Byker

Econ3x3 Brief: The inequality of space: What to do?

Pippa Green

Econ3x3 Brief: How much is inequality reduced by progressive taxation and government spending?

Ingrid Woolard, Rebecca Metz, Gabriela Inchauste, Nora Lustig and Mashekwa Maboshe

World Bank working paper: The distributional impact of fiscal policy in South Africa

Gabriela Inchauste, Nora Lustig, Mashekwa Maboshe, Catriona Purfield and Ingrid Woolard

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