Dieter von Fintel

Associate Professor

dieter2@nullsun.ac.za

Dieter von Fintel is an associate professor in the Department of Economics at Stellenbosch, as well as a research affiliate of LEAP, RESEP and IZA. He is an applied micro-econometrician seeking to understand long-run and short-run effects of policies on development, labour markets and households in Africa, as well as spatial and generational persistence.

Separating Employment Effects into Job Destruction and Job Creation

This paper presents new evidence on the employment effects of a large increase in agricultural minimum wages in South Africa using anonymized tax data.
May 18, 2020 By: Dieter von Fintel, Marlies Piek, Johann Kirsten PDF

Wealth Inequality and Financial Inclusion: Evidence from South African Tax and Survey Records

Von Fintel, D. and Orthofer, A., 2020. Wealth inequality and financial inclusion: Evidence from South African tax and survey records. Economic Modelling.
May 18, 2020 By: Dieter von Fintel, Anna Orthofer PDF

Sectoral Minimum Wages in South Africa: Disemployment by Firm Size and Trade Exposure

Piek, M. and von Fintel, D., 2020. Sectoral minimum wages in South Africa: Disemployment by firm size and trade exposure. Development Southern Africa, 37(3), pp.462-482.

Examining the impact of WHO’s Focused Antenatal Care policy on early access, underutilisation and quality of antenatal care services in Malawi: a retrospective study

Mchenga, M., Burger, R. and von Fintel, D., 2019. Examining the impact of WHO’s Focused Antenatal Care policy on early access, underutilisation and quality of…

Sectoral minimum wages in South Africa: disemployment by firm size and trade exposure

Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No.WP19/2018
This paper measures the impact of South African minimum wages on small and large firm employment in a sector that is exposed to international competition…
January 10, 2019 By: Dieter von Fintel, Marlies Piek PDF

Bargaining to work: the effect of female autonomy on female labour supply

Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP04/2018
Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP04/2018 Publication date: March 2018 Abstract: Female labour supply is an important outcome for measuring gender equality and is therefore…
July 19, 2018 By: Chloé van Biljon, Dieter von Fintel, Atika Pasha PDF

Migration and gender in South Africa: following bright lights and the fortunes of others?

Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP09/2017
Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP09/2017 Publication date: September 2017 Abstract: Internal migration in South Africa has a strong gender dimension. Historically, the apartheid-era migrant…

Institutional wage-setting, labour demand and labour supply: causal estimates from a South African pseudo-panel

Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP07/2016
Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP07/2016 Abstract: Unemployment in South Africa has been attributed to multiple causes. Wages have grown faster than productivity to reduce…
July 4, 2018 By: Dieter von Fintel PDF

Wage flexibility in a high unemployment regime: spatial heterogeneity and the size of local labour markets

Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP09/2016
Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP09/2016 Abstract: Whereas some previous microeconometric evidence suggests that wage setters in South Africa are highly responsive to external local…
July 4, 2018 By: Dieter von Fintel PDF

Long-run spatial inequality in South Africa: early settlement patterns and separate development

Von Fintel, D.P., 2018. Long-run spatial inequality in South Africa: early settlement patterns and separate development. Studies in Economics and Econometrics, 42(2), pp.81-102.
April 16, 2018 By: Dieter von Fintel PDF

Earnings bracket obstacles in household surveys – How sharp are the tools in the shed?

Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP08/2006
Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP08/2006 Abstract: Earnings functions form the basis of numerous labour market analyses. Non-response (particularly among higher earners) may, however, lead…
October 17, 2017 By: Dieter von Fintel PDF

Determining the Causes of the Rising South African Unemployment Rate: An Age, Period and Generational Analysis

Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP24/2009
Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP24/2009 Abstract: This paper takes advantage of the wealth of cross-sectional household surveys conducted after South Africa’s political transition, in…
October 17, 2017 By: Dieter von Fintel, Rulof Burger PDF

Who Responds to Voluntary Cognitive Tests in Household Surveys? The Role of Labour Market Status, Respondent Confidence, Motivation and a Culture of Learning in South Africa

Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP27/2010
Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP27/2010 Abstract: Both South Africa’s labour market and education system were directly influenced by the separate development policies of the…
October 17, 2017 By: Dieter von Fintel PDF

The impact of the international economic crisis on child poverty in South Africa

Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP13/2010
Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP13/2010 Abstract: This paper reports on a study to provide insights into the magnitude of the shocks associated with the…
October 17, 2017 By: Debra Shepherd, Dieter von Fintel, Servaas van der Berg, Margaret Chitiga, Bernard Decaluwé, Ramos Mabugu, Helene Maisonneve, Véroniwue Rombichaud PDF

Numeric competence, confidence and school quality in the South African wage function: towards understanding pre-labour market discrimination

Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP12/2011
Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP12/2011 Abstract: Highly convex estimates of average returns to education commonly found in South Africa are usually rationalised as being…
October 16, 2017 By: Dieter von Fintel, Hendrik van Broekhuizen, Gideon du Rand PDF

The unintended consequences of education policies on South African participation and unemployment

Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP11/2012
Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP11/2012 Abstract: In the late 1990s the South African Department of Education implemented two policies that were meant to reduce…

The role of educational attainment and quality schooling in reducing racial earnings inequality

Stellenbosch Policy Brief No. 04/2011
Stellenbosch Policy Brief No. 04/2011 Abstract: The removal of racially biased labour market policies and regulations has been a logical move given the discriminatory nature…
October 16, 2017 By: Dieter von Fintel PDF

Rising unemployment amongst South Africa’s new generation

Stellenbosch Policy Brief No. 04/2010
Stellenbosch Policy Brief No. 04/2010 Abstract: The policy brief studies unemployment between 1995 and 2007. The analysis is unique because it uses a pooled version…
October 16, 2017 By: Dieter von Fintel, Rulof Burger PDF

The extension of existing data and methods to measure poverty and mobility in data-poor, agrarian sub-Saharan Africa

Thesis (DCom)—Stellenbosch University, 2017
Candidate: Thomas Ferreira Supervisor: Professor Servaas van der Berg Co-supervisor: Doctor Dieter von Fintel Institution: Stellenbosch University, Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences, Department of Economics   Abstract:…

Institutional wage-setting, labour demand and labour supply: causal estimates from a South African pseudo-panel

  Abstract Unemployment in South Africa has multiple causes. This article uses a district pseudo-panel to estimate the elasticity of labour demand, labour supply and…
May 16, 2017 By: Dieter von Fintel PDF

Migration and gender in South Africa: following bright lights and the fortunes of others

  Abstract Internal migration in South Africa has a strong gender dimension. Historically, the apartheid‐era migrant labour system meant that predominantly black African men moved…

Errors in recalling childhood socio-economic status: the role of anchoring and household formation in South Africa

  Abstract In the absence of longitudinal data that track individuals over an extended period of time, information on childhood socio-economic status can be provided…
April 15, 2016 By: Dieter von Fintel, Dori Posel PDF

A Retrospective Look at How Well a Macro‐Micro Model Can Analyze the Impact of the Global Financial Crisis on a Developing Country

  Abstract This article is a follow-up to one that looked at the impact of the economic crisis on child poverty in South Africa using…
September 9, 2015 By: Debra Shepherd, Dieter von Fintel, Servaas van der Berg, Margaret Chitiga, Bernard Decaluwe, Ramos Mabugu, Helene Maisonnave, Veronique Robichaud PDF

Slave prices and productivity at the Cape of Good Hope from 1700 to 1725: Did everyone win from the trade?

  Abstract This paper analyses the economic viability of slavery in the Cape Colony in southern Africa. It has been extensively documented that the affluence…
April 15, 2015 By: Dieter von Fintel, Sophia du Plessis, Ada Jansen PDF

The unintended consequences of education policies on South African participation and unemployment

  Abstract In the late 1990s, the South African Department of Education implemented two policies that were meant to reduce the large number of over‐aged…

The Impact of the International Economic Crisis on Child Poverty in South Africa

  Abstract This paper reports on a study to provide insights into the magnitude of the shocks associated with the recent global economic crisis in…
March 9, 2015 By: Debra Shepherd, Dieter von Fintel, Servaas van der Berg, Helene Maisonnave, Margaret Chitiga, Bernard Decaluwé, Ramos Mabugu, Véronique Robichaud PDF

Spatial Heterogeneity, Generational Change and Childhood Socioeconomic Status: Microeconomic Solutions to South African Labour Market Questions

Thesis (PhD)—University of Stellenbosch, 2014
PhD Thesis  Candidate: Dieter von Fintel Supervisor: Professor Servaas van der Berg Institution: Stellenbosch University, Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences, Department of Economics Abstract Microeconometric techniques have…

Settler skills and colonial development: the Huguenot wine‐makers in eighteenth‐century Dutch South Africa

  Abstract The institutional literature emphasizes local conditions in explaining divergent colonial development. We posit that this view can be enriched by an important supply‐side…
June 15, 2014 By: Dieter von Fintel, Johan Fourie PDF

The Wealth of Cape Colony Widows: Inheritance Laws and Investment Responses Following Male Death in the 17th and 18th Centuries

  Abstract Losing a household member is usually negatively associated with welfare, especially if that person is a breadwinner. Coping methods include disposal of assets…
May 15, 2013 By: Dieter von Fintel, Sophia du Plessis, Ada Jansen PDF

Hunger in the former apartheid homelands: Determinants of converging food security 100 years after the 1913 Land Act

  Abstract Just more than one hundred years after the implementation of the 1913 Land Act, the subject of land reform and rural development are…
March 15, 2013 By: Dieter von Fintel, Louw Pienaar PDF

Child Poverty in South Africa and the Global Financial and Economic Crisis

Book Summary Experts from the global North and South analyse the implications of economic crises on children, with a particular focus on the emerging evidence…
July 9, 2012 By: Debra Shepherd, Dieter von Fintel, Servaas van der Berg, Margaret Chitiga, Ramos Mabugu, Hélène Maisonnave, Véronique Robichaud PDF

The Fruit of the Vine? An Augmented Endowments-Inequality Hypothesis and the Rise of an Elite in the Cape Colony

Abstract The arrival of European settlers at the Cape in 1652 marked the beginning of what would become an extremely unequal society. Comparative analysis reveals…
June 10, 2012 By: Dieter von Fintel, Johan Fourie PDF

ʼn Ongelyke Oes: Die Franse Hugenote en die vroeë Kaapse wynbedryf

  Abstract Although Van Riebeeck already produced the first wine at the Cape in 1659, the arrival of French Huguenots during 1688/89 gave considerable impetus…
May 10, 2011 By: Dieter von Fintel, Johan Fourie PDF

A History with Evidence: Income inequality in the Dutch Cape Colony

  Abstract The arrival of European settlers at the Cape in 1652 marked the beginning of what would seemingly become an extremely unequal society, with…
April 10, 2011 By: Dieter von Fintel, Johan Fourie PDF

The dynamics of inequality in a newly settled, pre-industrial society: The case of the Cape Colony

  Abstract One reason for the relatively poor development performance of many countries around the world today may be the high levels of inequality during…
April 10, 2010 By: Dieter von Fintel, Johan Fourie PDF

Dealing With Earnings Bracket Responses In Household Surveys – How Sharp Are Midpoint Imputations?

  Abstract Earnings functions form the basis of numerous labour market analyses. Non-response (particularly among higher earners) may, however, lead to the exclusion of a…
June 10, 2007 By: Dieter von Fintel PDF