Rulof Burger

Researcher and Associate Professor

Rulof is a senior lecturer and researcher in the Department of Economics at Stellenbosch University and a research associate in the Centre for the Study of African Economies at Oxford University.

Rulof completed Master’s degrees in Economics at Stellenbosch and Cambridge Universities, and a doctorate at Oxford University. His research has focussed primarily on applying micro-econometric techniques to answer South African labour market questions.

An Incentive-Based and Community Health Worker Package Intervention to Improve Early Utilization of Antenatal Care: Evidence from a Pilot Randomised Controlled Trial

Rossouw, L., Burger, R.P. and Burger, R., 2019. An Incentive-Based and Community Health Worker Package Intervention to Improve Early Utilization of Antenatal Care: Evidence from…
November 12, 2019 By: Ronelle Burger, Rulof Burger, Laura Rossouw 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

Bridging the intention-behavior gap? The effect of plan-making prompts on job search and employment

Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP11/2018
We test the effects of plan-making on job search and employment. In a field experiment with unemployed youths, participants who complete a detailed job search…
July 19, 2018 By: Rulof Burger PDF

The value of reference letters

Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP06/2017
Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP06/2017 Publication date: June 2017 Abstract: We show that reference letters from former employers alleviate information asymmetries about workers’ skills…
July 16, 2018 By: Rulof Burger PDF

Trends in poverty and inequality since the political transition

Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP01/2005
Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP01/2005 Abstract: Using a constructed data series and another data series based on AMPS (the All Media and Products Survey),…
October 17, 2017 By: Ronelle Burger, Rulof Burger, Servaas van der Berg, Megan Louw, Derek Yu PDF

Returns to Race: Labour Market Discrimination in Post-Apartheid South Africa

Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP04/2006
Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP04/2006 Abstract: This paper empirically assesses the impact of post-1994 policy making on racial discrimination in the South African labour…
October 17, 2017 By: Rulof Burger, Rachel Jafta PDF

Wage trends in post-apartheid South Africa: Constructing an earnings series from household survey data

Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP10/2006
Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP10/2006 Abstract: This paper examines South African wage earnings trends using all the available post-1994 household survey datasets. This allows…
October 17, 2017 By: Rulof Burger, Derek Yu PDF

A series of national accounts-consistent estimates of poverty and inequality in South Africa

Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP09/2007
Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP09/2007 Abstract: This paper makes a unique contribution to the South African literature in combining data from an alternative source…
October 17, 2017 By: Ronelle Burger, Rulof Burger, Servaas van der Berg, Megan Louw, Derek Yu PDF

Determining the Causes of the Rising South African Unemployment Rate: An Age, Period and Generational Analysis

Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP24/2009
Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP24/2009 Abstract: This paper takes advantage of the wealth of cross-sectional household surveys conducted after South Africa’s political transition, in…
October 17, 2017 By: Dieter von Fintel, Rulof Burger PDF

Teacher pay in South Africa

Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP26/2010
Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP26/2010 Abstract: The role of teachers in achieving good quality education is universally acknowledged. What is less clear is what…

The unintended consequences of education policies on South African participation and unemployment

Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP11/2012
Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP11/2012 Abstract: In the late 1990s the South African Department of Education implemented two policies that were meant to reduce…

Measuring the option value of education

Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP15/2013
Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP15/2013 Abstract: Many recent descriptive studies find convex schooling-earnings profiles in developing countries. In these countries forward-looking students should attach…
October 16, 2017 By: Rulof Burger, Francis Teal PDF

The effect of schooling on worker productivity: Evidence from a South African industry panel

Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP04/2014
Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP04/2014 Publication date: 2014 Abstract: Schooling is typically found to be highly correlated with individual earnings in African countries. However,…
October 16, 2017 By: Rulof Burger, Francis Teal PDF

Rising unemployment amongst South Africa’s new generation

Stellenbosch Policy Brief No. 04/2010
Stellenbosch Policy Brief No. 04/2010 Abstract: The policy brief studies unemployment between 1995 and 2007. The analysis is unique because it uses a pooled version…
October 16, 2017 By: Dieter von Fintel, Rulof Burger PDF

Graduate unemployment, Higher Education access and success, and teacher production in South Africa

Thesis (PhD)—Stellenbosch University, 2016.
Candidate: Hendrik van Broekhuizen Supervisor: Professor Servaas van der Berg Co-supervisor: Doctor Rulof Burger Institution: Stellenbosch University, Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences, Department of Economics Abstract: In…
October 16, 2016 By: Rulof Burger, Hendrik van Broekhuizen (Candidate) PDF

Measuring social and economic mobility in South Africa: New approaches to well-known survey data concerns

Thesis (PhD)—Stellenbosch University, 2016.
Candidate: Amus Zoch Supervisor: Doctor Rulof Burger Co-supervisor: Professor Servaas van der Berg Institution: Stellenbosch University, Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences, Department of Economics   Abstract: The…
August 14, 2016 By: Rulof Burger, Servaas van der Berg, Amus Zoch (Candidate) PDF

Social Mobility and Cohesion in Post-Apartheid South Africa

Thesis (PhD)—Stellenbosch University, 2015.
Candidate:  Marisa von Fintel Supervisor: Professor Servaas van der Berg Co-supervisor: Doctor Rulof Burger Institution: Stellenbosch University, Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences, Department of Economics Abstract: Twenty years…