In the Media
Supporting youth during and beyond COVID-19
City Press published an article written by Saldrupians Ariane De Lannoy, Gibson Mudiriza and Charmaine Smith, together with Lauren Graham from the CSDA at the University of Johannesburg. The article shares insights into the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on young South Africans, drawn from a survey conducted by SALDRU and Unicef SA through Unicef’s UReport platform.
Social science shows it can contribute to COVID-19 policy-making
Together with Nico Cloete and Francois van Schalkwyk, SALDRU Director Murray Leibbrandt wrote an article for University World News on evidence and policy-making. In the article, SALDRU’s input to the announcement of an increase in the child support grant is given as an example of government and research groups working together towards evidence-based policy-making.
South Africa can – and should – top up child support grants to avoid a humanitarian crisis
In an article in The Conversation, Saldrupians Ihsaan Bassier, Josh Budlender, Prof. Murray Leibbrandt, Prof. Vimal Ranchhod and Rocco Zizzamia argue that South Africa’s lockdown will hit informal workers and their households hardest and that a top-up to the Child Support Grant (CSG) is needed to mitigate this impact.
SA needs policy shift on youth
SALDRU’s Ariane De Lannoy and Murray Leibbrandt co-authored an op-ed for the City Press on 16 June 2019 with Najwah Allie-Edries, Lauren Graham, Nilmini Herath and Shakira Maharaj. The authors explain how a local research consortium has been investigating what type of intervention can be designed to ensure that South Africa’s NEET young people are as supported as EU youth are by its “youth guarantee” programme.
SA faces enormous challenges
Murray Leibbrandt together with Anda David from the Agence Francaise de Développement (AFD) and Werner Ruch from StatsSA, wrote an op-ed for City Press which explains the policy importance of the 'Inequality Trends in South Africa' report, the collaboration behind it and the datasets used in compiling the report.
Impact of Nobel laureates’ work is felt by SA’s youth and kids in our classrooms
2019’s Economics Nobel laureates are Abhijit Banerjee, Esther Duflo and Michael Kremer. A recent Sunday Times article by Murray Leibbrandt and Laura Poswell explains how J-PAL Africa and SALDRU are proud to have worked with all three laureates to bring appropriate use of the tools they have developed and popularised to South Africa and the region.
Can Ramaphosa Do It?
South Africa at a Glance, Looking Back at 10 Years and 5 Waves of NIDS
Illicit Cigarettes Undermine Government’s Public Health and Fiscal Agenda
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.