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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
December saw renewed media interest in SALDRU’s Income Comparison Tool with three popular publications including Times Live, City Press and Daily Vox publishing articles about it from varying perspectives. SALDRU is pleased to see that the continued media interest. The tool is one of the most striking demonstrations of the economic challenge facing SA.