In the Media

Too many going hungry in the land of plenty

10 October 2014  |  Mail & Guardian

Too many going hungrySix 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...


Why Isaacs is half right and half wrong

30 July 2014 | Professor Jeremy Seekings

In Gilad Isaacs' response to Mike Schussler's article, Isaacs makes valid criticisms of Schussler’s arguments on inequality, but he makes a number of mistakes of his own. Read more...

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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.


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.

Seminar Series

There will be no seminar this week. The next seminar will take place on Wednesday, 29 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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