This month saw the next step in a process to table a SALDRU-led policy proposal on a basic package of support for South Africa’s young people. It came as a group of global researchers, policymakers and advisers gathered in Cape Town to review research evidence that could help the design of a model of support for the country’s young people.
In a recent op-ed published in 'Business Day', members of the Economics of Tobacco Control Project argue that the multinational corporations have, over a long period, created the incentives for competitors to enter the market by aggressively increasing the retail price of cigarettes by substantially more than the increase in the excise tax.
Vimal Ranchhod considers potential explanations for why South Africa has such a persistently high unemployment rate in an op-ed in 'GroundUp'. He points to historical factors, a struggling educational system, the need to encourage investments, a highly concentrated market structure, and the costs of living in a low trust society
J-PAL Africa has launched the Africa Research Initiative on Identification, Payments, and Governance initiative that aims to foster evidence on how African governments can leverage payments and ID systems to deliver social protection and other public goods and services, amongst others possibilities.