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18 January 2015 | Independent Online
South Africa needed a “real youth wage subsidy instead of a watered down incentive scheme” to create jobs and decrease youth unemployment, the Democratic Alliance said on Sunday. “The report (by the University of Cape Town) supports the DA’s position that Cosatu’s bullying of government into a weaker tax incentive for employing youth, rather than a strong youth wage subsidy, will not have the same impact on creating jobs for young people that South Africa desperately needs,” party parliamentary leader Mmusi Maimane said in a statement. Read more...
13 January 2015 | Equal EducationGovernment’s flagship youth employment initiative is a flop. According to a new paper published by researchers at UCT, the Employment Tax Incentive (previously termed the Youth Wage Subsidy), which was introduced on 1 January 2014, is a failure. According to their research it “did not have any statistically significant and positive effects on youth employment probabilities”. Read more...
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The course will revise the statistical concepts relevant to regression analysis. It will introduce Ordinary Least Squares (OLS) regression, inference in multiple regression, regression with qualitative variables (including linear probability models, logits and probits) and finally specification and data issues in regression analysis.
The course introduces students to the techniques used in the analysis of cross-sectional panel data sets, including first differencing, fixed effects and random effects regression estimators, construction and evaluation of transition matrices and differential attrition.
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• Skills mismatch and informal sector participation among educated immigrants: Evidence from South Africa
Alexandra Doyle, Amos Peters and Asha Sundaram
• Information, mobilization, and demand for redistribution: A survey experiment in South Africa
Miquel Pellicer, Patrizio Piraino and Eva Wegner
• South Africa’s evolving political settlement in comparative perspective
Brian Levy, Alan Hirsch and Ingrid Woolard
Malcolm Keswell and Michael R. Carter
Goodness C. Aye, Mehmet Balcilar, John P. Dunne, Rangan Gupta and Reneé van Eyden
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
• Partner age differences and concurrency in South Africa: Implications for HIV-infection risk among young women
Brendan Maughan-Brown, Chris Kenyon and Mark Lurie
• 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