Resilience key to improving your circumstances

When meeting Dumisani Hompashe and listening to his story, the word “resilience" automatically comes to mind. Because resilience is the silver thread running through his…
May 20, 2021 By: Daniel Bugan PDF

Grit matters when a child is learning to read, even in poor South African schools

School quality is important in determining children’s success at school. But individual characteristics of the child also play a role. In particular, researchers and teachers…
May 10, 2021 By: Heleen Hofmeyr 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 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

Schools in the time of COVID-19: impacts of the pandemic on curriculum

This working paper presents the findings of research into the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the curriculum in South Africa. Four research questions frame…
November 3, 2020 By: Ursula Hoadley (School of Education, University of Cape Town) PDF

Ongoing Projects

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…
Ongoing Projects
October 21, 2020

What SA_SAMS/Data Driven Districts data reveal about South African School Education

Using longitudinal data components and disability statistics, this project aims to investigate school-based assessments. Funds have been received from the Michael and Susan Dell Foundation.…

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).