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A 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...
22 July 2014 | Gilad Isaacs, Ground Up
Popular 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...
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.
The next seminar will take place on Wednesday, 8 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