January 2, 2023 in Education, Education - Reports & Policy, Reports, Research Outputs

THE QUALITY AND IMPORTANCE OF SA-SAMS DATA AS UNIT-LEVEL DATA: A TECHNICAL OVERVIEW

Data quality – its accuracy, completeness, reliability, relevance and timeliness – is crucial for proper analysis, administration and policymaking. Data quality was therefore of great…
January 2, 2023 By: PDF
December 19, 2022 in Authors, Education, Gabrielle Wills, News and Opinion, Reports, Research Outputs, Servaas van der Berg, Uncategorized

Covid-19 disruptions and education in South Africa — two years of evidence

RESEP is engaged in a 3-year project (2022-24) to track learning losses, repetition, dropout and school completion patterns among school cohorts impacted by COVID-19 disruptions…
December 19, 2022 By: Gabrielle Wills & Servaas van der Berg PDF

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About RESEP

Research on Socioeconomic Policy (RESEP) is a group of scholars and students interested in issues of poverty, income distribution, social mobility, economic development and social policy. Based at the Department of Economics at the University of Stellenbosch. The team is lead by Servaas van der Berg, whose position as the Chair in the Economics of Social Policy since 2008, has lead to the further consolidation of research within these areas.

Recent Papers

The latest working papers, publications, reports and policy briefs by RESEP researchers.

The impact of lenient Covid-related promotion policies linked to rise in number of matric passes and matrics with bachelor passes

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New research (download the full report here) by RESEP, the Research Group on Socio-Economic Policy at Stellenbosch University, shows how the more lenient promotion policies…
February 2, 2023 By: PDF
January 2, 2023 in Education, Education - Reports & Policy, Reports, Research Outputs

THE QUALITY AND IMPORTANCE OF SA-SAMS DATA AS UNIT-LEVEL DATA: A TECHNICAL OVERVIEW

Data quality – its accuracy, completeness, reliability, relevance and timeliness – is crucial for proper analysis, administration and policymaking. Data quality was therefore of great…
January 2, 2023 By: PDF
December 19, 2022 in Authors, Education, Gabrielle Wills, News and Opinion, Reports, Research Outputs, Servaas van der Berg, Uncategorized

Covid-19 disruptions and education in South Africa — two years of evidence

RESEP is engaged in a 3-year project (2022-24) to track learning losses, repetition, dropout and school completion patterns among school cohorts impacted by COVID-19 disruptions…
December 19, 2022 By: Gabrielle Wills & Servaas van der Berg PDF
December 1, 2022 in Education, Education - Ongoing Projects, Education - Reports & Policy, Focus Areas, News and Opinion

New Research on Teacher Demographics

A group of 16 RESEP researchers is currently engaged in a 3-year project focusing on the incoming wave of teacher retirements.
December 1, 2022 By: RESEP Team PDF
November 3, 2022 in Education - Reports & Policy, Gabrielle Wills, Servaas van der Berg

COVID-19 disruptions and learning in South Africa: two years of evidence

The evidence discussed in this brief confirms that learning losses in South Africa have been large. Covid-19 has disrupted South African education in significant ways,…
November 3, 2022 By: Gabrielle Wills & Servaas van der Berg PDF

Ongoing Projects

Roots and wings: Improved quality in subsidised housing

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This project is a collaboration between Stellenbosch University, Theewaterskloof municipality and Western Cape Department of Human Settlements. The aim is to use upward and downward…
August 11, 2021 By: Marisa von Fintel, Natalie van Reenen (US), Brenda Mothibe (Theewaterskloof), Lenine Felix (Rooidakke), Francis Felix (Rooidakke) PDF

Reading and socio-emotional skills in challenging school contexts: Evidence from South African primary schools

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This project is linked to the Early Learning Programme (ELP) and uses data from the Readership and Literacy project but is also supplemented by others…
October 22, 2020 By: Gabrielle Wills, Heleen Hofmeyr, Rebecca Selkirk, Servaas van der Berg, E. Pretorius (UNISA), C. Ardington (UCT), N. Mohohlwane (DBE), Nwabisa Makaluza (RESEP/ Funda Wanda), N. Mtsatse (Funda Wanda) PDF

Early Learning Programme (ELP)

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A portion of this project includes reanalysing WCED CEMIS and Systemic Tests to determine how early learning performance affects progressions, dropout, and matric results. The…

Team

RESEP (Research on Socio-Economic Policy)
RESEP is a group of researchers in the Department of Economics at the University of Stellenbosch.

Funding

RESEP has received funding for its research from various organisations and governments. In recent years, funding for research has been provided by, amongst others, The Allan Gray Orbis Foundation Endowment; The UK’s Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC); UNICEF offices in South Africa, Namibia and Eswatini; Zenex Foundation, Tshikululu Social Investments, PSPPD (Presidency/European Union) and The National Research Foundation (NRF).