Marlies Piek

Researcher and PHD Student

Marlies Piek holds a BComm Economics, Honours (cum laude) and Master’s Degree in Economics. She is currently doing her PhD at Stellenbosch University and is analysing the effects of minimum wages in South Africa and Germany for workers who are deemed most vulnerable to the policy.

She has taught introductory economics courses at Stellenbosch University and has tutored various post-graduate courses. She also conducts research for RESEP and her main research interests are labour economics, economics of education, poverty and inequality.

How Many Commercial Farms are there Really in South Africa and are Most of them ‘Large’?

Good policymaking requires reliable, comparable statistics over time. Despite there being an annual survey of agricultural firms in South Africa, confusion exists about the number…
May 19, 2020 By: Marlies Piek, Johann Kirsten 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.

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

The performance of low fee independent schools in South Africa – What can available data tell?

Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP01/2017
Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP01/2017 Publication date: January 2017 Abstract: This study uses a unique dataset to investigate university access, throughput, and dropout for…
October 16, 2017 By: Chris van Wyk, Marlies Piek, Ronelle Burger, Servaas van der Berg, Janeli Kotzé, Kate Rich PDF