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A health department spokesman has claimed that a third of South African women have a child by 19. But the claim is based on data from 1998. Does it still hold true? In 2013, researchers from SALDRU at UCT published analysis of data from six other South African national household surveys conducted post-apartheid. Their working paper showed that in 2008, a quarter of South African women had entered their twenties as a mother. Read more...
22 July 2014 | Gilad Isaacs, Ground Up
Popular economist Mike Schussle argues that inequality in South Africa is overstated and is largely a result of high unemployment caused by militant labour organisations. However, leading studies on inequality in South Africa, many of which come from SALDRU, are unequivocal: inequality is extremely high and increasing and wage inequality is a key culprit. Read more...
Applications open: Summer Training Programme in Social Science Research using Survey Data
Applications for SALDRU's 17th annual Summer Training Programme are now open. The course will run from 5-16 January 2015, and is free of charge for all participants.
Please fill out the online application form before 12 October 2014. Successful applicants will be notified by 27 October 2014.
Note that the course is always heavily oversubscribed. Applying early will improve (but not guarantee) the likelihood of being accepted onto the course.Read more...
Training course at the University of Ghana: Statistical Analysis of Census and Survey Data Using Stata
21 July - 1 August 2014
Following a very successful workshop at the University Ghana in 2013, staff and students from SALDRU and the University of Michigan joined staff from the University of Ghana to teach a two-week Stata workshop in Accra. The workshop ran from 21 July - 1 August and included participants from academia, the Ministry of Finance and the Trade Union Congress of Ghana. The course is based on the two-week STATA Summer Training Programme run by SALDRU each January, but tailored to Ghana by using local datasets.
The next seminar will be on Wednesday, 3 September 2014. Details to follow.
• gpsbound: Routine for importing and verifying geographical information from a user-provided shape file
Tim Brophy, Reza Daniels and Sibongile Musundwa
• Union selection effects - Some inconsistent models
• 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
• Assessing the effectiveness of academic development programmes: A statistical analysis of graduation rates across three programmes
Leonard Smith, Jennie Cas and Corne van Walbeek
• The economic consequences of AIDS mortality in South Africa generations
Cally Ardington, Till Barnighausen, Anne Case and Alicia Menendez
• Partner age differences and concurrency in South Africa: Implications for HIV-infection risk among young women
Brendan Maughan-Brown, Chris Kenyon and Mark Lurie
• The transmission of longevity across generations: The case of the settler Cape Colony
Patrizio Piraino, Sean Muller, Jeanne Cilliers and Johan Fourie
• 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
• Econ 3x3 brief: The matric certificate is still valuable in the labour market
Clare Hofmeyr, Nicola Branson, Murray Leibbrandt, Cally Ardington and David Lam