Cobus Burger

Researcher

Having completed his undergraduate studies at Stellenbosch, Cobus has passed both his Bcomm Honours and Mcomm degrees Cum Laude. In 2011, he was awarded an MSc in Economics of Development from Oxford University. Cobus is enrolled as a PhD candidate at the Department of Economics at the University of Stellenbosch and since 2007 has also worked as a full-time researcher for the RESEP group. In his doctoral dissertation he will attempt to use a discrete dynamic programming approach to investigate the youth unemployment as well as the link between the unobservables in employment and wages in South Africa. His research interests include applied micro-econometrics, treatment effects, labour economics, health, the economics of education, and structural equation modelling.

The period effect: the effect of menstruation on absenteeism of school girls in Limpopo

Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP20/2019
This paper will aim to answer three questions: (1) Are girls absent from school during their periods? (2) If so, how large is the effect…
December 21, 2019 By: Chloé van Biljon, Cobus Burger PDF

Patient predictors of health-seeking behaviour for persons coughing for more than two weeks in high-burden tuberculosis communities: the case of the Western Cape, South Africa

Christian, C., Burger, B., Claassens, C., Bond, V. & Burger, R. (2019). Patient predictors of health-seeking behaviour for persons coughing for more than two weeks…
March 18, 2019 By: Carmen Sue Christian, Cobus Burger, Rulof Burger, Mareli Claassens, Virginia Bond PDF

The comparability of the Statistics South Africa October Household Surveys and Labour Force Surveys

Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP17/2007
Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP17/2007 Abstract: Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) has been collecting labour market data with household surveys and in a fairly…
October 17, 2017 By: Cobus Burger, Derek Yu PDF

Sample selection bias and the South African wage function

Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP18/2008
Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP18/2008 Abstract: Conventional wage analyses suffers from a debilitating ailment: since there are no observable market wages for individuals who…
October 17, 2017 By: Cobus Burger PDF

The fiscal incidence of provision of free basic water

Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP11/2009
Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP11/2009 Abstract: A policy of free basic services (water, sanitation and electricity) was introduced by the government in 2000 to…
October 17, 2017 By: Cobus Burger, Eldridge Moses, Servaas van der Berg, Ada Jansen, Hassan Essop PDF

Poverty, Inequality and the Role of Social Grants: An Analysis using Decomposition Techniques

Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP15/2009
Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP15/2009 Abstract: Despite South Africa’s transition from apartheid in 1994, the social landscape is still fragmented along racial lines. However,…
October 17, 2017 By: Cobus Burger, Paula Armstrong PDF

The costs of illiteracy in South Africa

Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP14/2010
Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP14/2010 Abstract: In South Africa, there has been a surge in publicly funded adult literacy education in recent years. There…

Modelling cognitive skills, ability and school quality to explain labour market earnings differentials

Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP08/2011
Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP08/2011 Abstract: Attempts to explain wage differences between race groups in South Africa are constrained by the fact that quality…