Cally Ardington is a Professor in SALDRU. She completed her PhD in Economics at the University of Cape Town in 2009.
Her research interests lie in development and labour economics with a focus on education and health. She has extensive experience in the design, management and micro-econometric analysis of social surveys and quantitative (experimental and quasi-experimental design) impact evaluations.
Her recent work has centered around emergent and early literacy and numeracy, social-emotional skills and executive functioning amongst kindergarten and primary school children. She is currently the Principal Investigator on a series of evaluations of a program in teaching reading and mathematics in African Languages in South Africa, and a pre-service learner-centered teaching program in Ghana.
She has taught numerous courses on the design and analysis of household surveys and evaluations for graduate students, faculty, practitioners and policy makers. She has published in the fields of education, labor market analysis, social assistance and human capital and holds a B3 rating from the National Research Foundation in South Africa. She is an affiliate of the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL).