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17 December 2014 | PunditFact
Since August, the New York Times’ Nicholas Kristof has written a series of columns aimed at showing that white and black Americans live in very different worlds. "The race gap for wealth in the United States right now between the median white family and the median black family is 18-fold," Kristof said. "That’s greater than the black-white wealth gap was in apartheid South Africa." His statement however runs into trouble on the South African side. Not because it is provably wrong, but because there is no data to back it up. Read more...
2 November 2014 | Pippa Green and Murray Leibbrandt
Ask a random sample of South Africans what the major illness affecting the economy is, and inevitably, the word "inequality" comes up. But a comparison between the contrasting trajectory of inequality in two developing countries — South Africa and Brazil — highlights some pretty alarming findings. Read more...
Upcoming training courses
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.
The SALDRU seminar series has finished for 2014. Seminars will resume in late January/early February.
• 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