In the Media

Do a third of SA women have a baby by 19?

8 August 2014  |  The Daily Maverick and Africa Check

Teenage pregnancyA 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...

Why Mark Schussler is wrong about inequality

22 July 2014  |  Gilad Isaacs, Ground Up

website imagePopular 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...


Upcoming short courses

DataFirst and SALDRU will be running two week-long courses in November:

  • Measuring Consumption

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.

  • Understanding the South African Labour Market

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.

SALDRU newsletter: September 2014

SALDRU's latest newsletter is out, and available here. You will find the unit's latest working papers, journal articles and policy briefs, as well as our recent and upcoming training activities. If you would like to be added to the mailing list, please click here

Seminar Series

The next seminar will take place on Wednesday, 8 October 2014. Details to follow.

Journal Articles

• Military expenditure, economic growth and structural instability: a case study of South Africa

Goodness C. Aye, Mehmet Balcilar, John P. Dunne, Rangan Gupta and Reneé van Eyden


• Male circumcision and sexual risk behaviours may contribute to considerable ethnic disparities in HIV prevalence in Kenya: An ecological analysis

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

Other Writing

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