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10 October 2014 | Mail & Guardian
Six rand – R3 for four potatoes and R3 for a cup of rice. That is Elzetta’s daily food budget. The 23-year-old, living in Bloemendal in the Eastern Cape, has to support her twin sister and their two children. When they cannot afford the R6 they turn to the staple diet of many poor people in the area – the ” poppie water diet”, which consists of slices of white bread and a carton of cheap and sugary juice. Read more...
SALDRU's Summer Training Programme in Social Science Research using Survey Data
Applications have closed. Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application by 27 October 2014.
DataFirst and SALDRU will be running two week-long courses in November:
Students are introduced to survey data and taught how to operationalise consumption theory on actual data, as well as to compare micro and macro estimates of consumption. The theory will be complemented with practical training in the analysis of survey data in Stata. More information and the online application form are available here. Applications close on 27 October 2014.
The course will introduce the theory of labour demand and supply and discuss the role of education and human capital in wage determination and employment outcomes. The theory will be complemented with practical training in using survey data with Stata. More information and the online application form are available here. Applications close on 3 November 2014.
There will be no seminar this week. The next seminar will take place on Wednesday, 29 October 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
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