A teacher retirement wave is about to hit South Africa: what it means for class size

Teacher supply and demand is a complex matter. The ultimate aim is to have a teacher in front of every class, now and for the…
September 13, 2021 By: Martin Gustafsson PDF

Infographic: Only one matric pass produced for every ten years of high school in SA

 
September 10, 2021 By: RESEP Team 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.

How is the COVID-19 pandemic affecting educational quality in South Africa? Evidence to date and future risks

Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP23/2020 Publication date: December 2020
Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP23/2020 Publication date: December 2020

The gendered effects of the ongoing lockdown and school closures in South Africa: Evidence from NIDS-CRAM Waves 1 and 2

The data from Wave 1 of NIDS-CRAM showed that women were disproportionately affected by the Covid- 19 crisis and the first month of the lockdown…
December 7, 2020 By: Debra Shepherd, Daniela Casale PDF

Household resource flows and food poverty during South Africa’s lockdown: Short-term policy implications for three channels of social protection

Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP22/2020 Publication date: December 2020
Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP22/2020 Publication date: December 2020
December 1, 2020 By: Gabrielle Wills, Servaas van der Berg, Bokang Mpeta PDF

Schools in the time of COVID-19: Possible implications for enrolment, repetition and dropout

Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP20/2020 Publication date: November 2020
Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP20/2020 Publication date: November 2020

Ongoing Projects

Ongoing Projects
August 11, 2021

Roots and wings: Improved quality in subsidised housing

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…
By: Marisa von Fintel, Natalie van Reenen (US), Brenda Mothibe (Theewaterskloof), Lenine Felix (Rooidakke), Francis Felix (Rooidakke)
Ongoing Projects
October 22, 2020

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

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…
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)
Ongoing Projects
October 22, 2020

Early Learning Programme (ELP)

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).