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2020

RESEP working papers completed in the year 2020. Papers are freely available in electronic format (PDF) on this website for downloading, and interested researchers are encouraged to make use of this facility. Note: If you have trouble viewing any of the PDF files, your PDF viewer software may need to be updated.

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 period in South Africa. Not only were they much more likely than men to lose their jobs between February and April or to work fewer hours compared to the pre-crisis period, they also took on a greater share of the additional childcare as a result of school closures and the suspension of all childcare services. In this policy paper, we use Wave 2 of NIDS-CRAM to explore how women and men have fared as the economy started to reopen and lockdown restrictions were relaxed.

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December 7, 2020 By: Debra Shepherd, Daniela Casale PDF

Socioeconomic Status and Class Size in South African Secondary Schools

The reduction of class size is frequently argued to be a relatively simple, cost-effective way to improve learner outcomes in a wide array of contexts. However, methodological concerns regarding the appropriate use of observational data and endogeneity have led to a lack of consensus on this relationship in the literature.

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January 21, 2020 By: Timothy Köhler  PDF