Graduate associates are PhD students who are supervised by SALDRU Researchers or Associates.
Arden holds a B.Com(Hons) from UCT and a MSc in Economics for Development from the University of Oxford. His PhD thesis is looking at economic mobility in South Africa using panel data, NIDS in particular. His research interests include labour economics, poverty and inequality.
Refilwe holds a Bachelor’s degree from UCT, and a Master’s in Economics from the University of Witwatersrand. Her research interests include international trade and labour markets. Her thesis will investigate the spatial effects of trade on the South African labour market.
Elizabeth holds a Master’s Degree in Economic Policy and Planning from Makerere University in Uganda. Her doctoral work focuses on household finance in South Africa including financial literacy, access to and use of finance by households and the welfare implications of financial inclusion.
Mashekwa has a Masters in Economics from the University of Cape Town. His doctoral research focuses on the distributional impact of taxes and social spending in South Africa. His research interests include poverty and income distribution, experimental economics and programme evaluation.
Christine holds an MSc in Economics and a BSc (Hons) in Economics from the University of Zimbabwe. Her doctoral research focuses on the evolution of current account dynamics and their implications for macroeconomic policy and the welfare of households. Her research interests include international macroeconomics and applied time series analysis.
Rethabile holds MSC in Economics from the National University of Lesotho. His on-going doctoral research explores the effects of finance on firm activities. His research interests include monetary policy, macroeconomic modelling and forecasting, industrial economics and corporate finance.
Threza holds an MA in Economics from the University of Dar es Salaam. Her doctoral research is on the macroeconomic significance of the exchange rate policy in Tanzania. The research explores the transmission mechanism of monetary policy, determinants of the equilibrium exchange rate, and the exchange rate sensitivity of Tanzanian international trade.
Mduduzi is a citizen of Swaziland, studying towards a PhD in Economics. Before coming to UCT, he lectured at the University of Swaziland. His PhD thesis is looking at the economics of higher education funding in developing countries, with a focus on the design and feasibility of higher education student loans in Swaziland.
Dale's PhD thesis is investigating the effect of trade reforms on product market integration in developing countries. His research interests are focused on international trade development and public sector economics. He received a BA with a major in Economics from the University of Zambia and a MA in Economics from the University of Malawi.
Catherine's doctoral work is guided by article 17 under the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control. She is using a parametric stochastic frontier approach in cost and profit efficiency to determine suitable alternative crops for tobacco growers in Uganda. Her research is supported by the Economics of Tobacco Control at UCT.
Jose works at the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia in Beirut (Lebanon). He holds an MA in Economics from Yale University and another in International Business Administration from the Institut Supérieur du Commerce (Paris, France). His ongoing doctoral research explores the impact of foreign aid in Niger.
Joanna completed her Masters in Economics at the University of Cape Town in 2012. Her on-going doctoral research explores land reform in South Africa - specifically aspects of demand for land, and the impact of land reform and subsistence agriculture on household food security. Her research interests include development microeconomics, poverty and inequality dynamics, the analysis of survey data, and experimental economics.
Francois completed his undergraduate, Honours and Masters degrees at the University of KwaZulu Natal. Francois relocated to Cape Town for the PhD Internship in the School of Economics at UCT where his research is centered on the heterogenous nature of international trade flows. His thesis examines the margins (intensive, extensive and quality margins) of South African export growth at the product level.