Estimating the impact of five early childhood development programmes against a counterfactual

A part of the ECD Working Paper Series between Ilifa Labantwana & RESEP. No. ECD WP 001/2021
The Ilifa-Resep ECD Working Paper Series is a collaboration between Ilifa Labantwana and Research on Socio-Economic Policy (Resep) at Stellenbosch University. The working paper series…
November 23, 2021 By: Servaas van der Berg PDF

Are protests replacing voting as mechanism to hold government  accountable?

Prospects of low voter turnout and ongoing protest about the quality of service delivery should be no surprise, according to a new study. Tina Fransman,…
October 28, 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.
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November 23, 2021

Enrolment in early childhood care and education programmes in South Africa: challenges and opportunities

The Ilifa-Resep ECD Working Paper Series is a collaboration between Ilifa Labantwana and Research on Socio-Economic Policy (RESEP) at Stellenbosch University. The working paper series…

Estimating the impact of five early childhood development programmes against a counterfactual

A part of the ECD Working Paper Series between Ilifa Labantwana & RESEP. No. ECD WP 001/2021
The Ilifa-Resep ECD Working Paper Series is a collaboration between Ilifa Labantwana and Research on Socio-Economic Policy (Resep) at Stellenbosch University. The working paper series…
November 23, 2021 By: Servaas van der Berg PDF

Voting and protest tendencies associated with changes in service delivery.

Citizens ought to hold the state accountable for service delivery. This is usually done through the power of the vote. Literature on democratic governance suggests that theoretically, when good quality public services are provided, citizens would continue to vote for the political party in power. Therefore, it is expected that the inverse would occur should poor quality public services be provided.
Citizens ought to hold the state accountable for service delivery. This is usually done through the power of the vote. Literature on democratic governance suggests…
October 27, 2021 By: Tina Fransman PDF

A spatial analysis of out-of-pocket payments for healthcare in Malawi

In this paper, we investigate the existence of geographical correlations in OOP health expenditures by employing a spatial Durbin model on data from 778 clusters…
September 22, 2021 By: Martin Mwale, Martina Mchenga, and Gowokani Chijere Chirwa PDF

Learner flows through schools: Using high quality administrative data to understand education system performance

The report analyses school flows, repetition, and dropout using a novel analysis of school-based assessments, and how well these predict future performance and learner flows.…
September 17, 2021 By: Servaas van der Berg, Chris van Wyk, Rebecca Selkirk, and Heleen Hofmeyr PDF

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).