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Tough school for jobless

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...


Populism will not fix problems of economy

9 February 2017  |  Business Day

Research findings show poor education that hinders young people is a central source of inequality in SA, write Murray Leibbrandt and Pippa Green. 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 Series

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.

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