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13 February 2017 | Dispatch Live
South Africa’s youth unemployment rates are now considered to be chronic. The latest figures show that about 48% of South Africans between 15 and 34 were unemployed in the third quarter of 2016. The situation has worsened over the past eight years despite a great deal of policy attention and the implementation of a range of public and private interventions. Read more...
Seminar Notes: What's wrong with macro: Why central bank models failed and how to repair them
We have received many requests to distribute John Muellbauer’s presentation from our seminar on Wednesday 1 February. Here are the links:
View the powerpoint presentation.
View the papers that expand on the ideas he presented.
Seminar, 15 February: The Impact of Unconditional Cash Transfers on Informality: Evidence from South Africa's Child Support Grant
This Wednesday's seminar will be presented by Alessandro Tondini. Alessandro is a PhD candidate at the Paris School of Economics and a PODER fellow at the University of Cape Town, within the SALDRU research unit.
Abstract: The debate over the nature of informal employment and its implications for policy is still open and controversial. One of the main questions remains whether informality is a necessity or a choice. This paper looks at the Child Support Grant (CSG) in South Africa as a case study to test the importance of the "necessity channel" in a segmented labour market. I use cohort discontinuities in access to the grant to evaluate the impact of the CSG on workers' allocation across the formal and informal sector. Read more.
The Intergenerational Transmission of Depression in South African Adolescents
Katherine Eyal and Justine Burns
Washing with Hope: Evidence from a hand-washing pilot study among children in South Africa
Justine Burns, Brendan Maughan-Brown and Âurea Mouzinhoc
Assessing the usability of the Western Cape Graduate Destination Survey for the analysis of labour market outcomes
Nicola Branson and Murray Leibbrandt
How much does military spending affect growth? Causal estimates from the World’s non-rich countries
Giorgio d’Agostino, John Paul Dunne and Luca Pieroni
Aiming for a moving target: The dynamics of household electricity access in a developing context
Tom Harris, Mark Collinson and Martin Wittenberg
Johane Dikgang and Muchapondwa
Brendan Maughan-Brown, Meredith Evans, Gavin George;
Nicole Vellios and Corné van Walbeek
Lara Kruger, Nicole Vellios and Corné van Walbeek
Lauren Graham and Ariane De Lannoy
Murray Leibbrandt and James Levinsohn
Nicola Branson and Tanya Byker
Ingrid Woolard, Rebecca Metz, Gabriela Inchauste, Nora Lustig and Mashekwa Maboshe