Ronelle Burger

Researcher and Professor

Ronelle is a researcher in the Department of Economics at Stellenbosch University. She holds a Masters from Cambridge University and a PhD from Nottingham University. Her main interest is to better understand how various empowerment strategies can help to improve effective public service delivery and poverty alleviation.

Ronelle is a fellow of the Centre for Research on Economic Development and Trade (CREDIT), the Partnership for Economic Policy and the Pan African Scientific Research Council. She is an associated editor of Health Economics and Development Southern Africa and serves on the board of Journal of Development Studies

Ronelle’s consulting experience and academic publications cover many fields and topics including poverty analysis, fiscal incidence analysis, NGOs, education, health, social mobility, accountability and transparency.

 

 

The missing poor: Data blind spots perpetuate social injustice

Household surveys systematically exclude or undercount vulnerable populations and these exclusions and underestimations will materially affect estimates of need such as access to clean water…
February 22, 2021 By: Ronelle Burger PDF

Navigating COVID in the post lockdown period: Shifting risk perceptions and compliance with preventative measures

A report stemming from NIDS-CRAM wave 1, a project consisting of work by a national consortium of 30 social science researchers from five South African…
October 5, 2020 By: Carmen Sue Christian, Ronelle Burger, Brendan Maughan-Brown, Russell Rensburg, Laura Rossouw PDF

Examining the unintended consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic on public sector health facility visits: The first 150 days

This paper considers how access to public sector healthcare in South Africa have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic using three sources of evidence: the…
September 11, 2020 By: Anja Smith, Nicola Deghaye, Ronelle Burger, Candy Day, Lungiswa Nkonki, Russell Rensburg, Cari van Schalkwyk PDF

Navigating COVID in the postlockdown period: Shifting risk perceptions and compliance with preventative measures

South Africa’s lockdown in March and April has saved lives by containing the spread of COVID-19 but it has done so at a tremendous social…
August 12, 2020 By: Carmen Sue Christian, Ronelle Burger, René English, Brendan Maughan-Brown, Laura Rossouw PDF

Use of simulated patients to assess hypertension case management at public healthcare facilities in South Africa

Burger, R., Christian, C.S., Gerdtham, U.G., Haal, K., Hompashe, D.M., Smith, A. and Schutte, A.E., 2019. Use of simulated patients to assess hypertension case management…
November 14, 2019 By: Anja Smith, Carmen Sue Christian, Dumisani Hompashe, Ronelle BurgerUlf Gerdtham, K. Haal, Alte Schutte PDF

Abiding by the Law? Using Benford’s Law to Examine the Accuracy of Nonprofit Financial Reports

Qu, H., Steinberg, R. and Burger, R., 2019. Abiding by the Law? Using Benford’s Law to Examine the Accuracy of Nonprofit Financial Reports. Nonprofit and…
November 14, 2019 By: Ronelle Burger, Heng Qu, Richard Steinberg PDF

SMS Nudges as a Tool to Reduce Tuberculosis Treatment Delay and Pretreatment Loss to Follow-Up. A Randomized Controlled Trial

Wagstaff, A., van Doorslaer, E. and Burger, R., 2019. SMS nudges as a tool to reduce tuberculosis treatment delay and pretreatment loss to follow-up. A…
November 14, 2019 By: Ronelle Burger, Adam Wagstaff, Eddy van Dooslaer PDF

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…

Better Performing NGOs Do Report More Accurately: Evidence from Investigating Ugandan NGO Financial Accounts

Burger, R., Dang, C.T. and Owens, T., 2017. Better performing NGOs do report more accurately: Evidence from investigating Ugandan NGO financial accounts (No. 2017-10).
November 12, 2019 By: Ronelle Burger, Canh Thien Dang, Trudy Owens PDF

Effects and determinants of tuberculosis drug stockouts in South Africa

Koomen, L.E.M., Burger, R. and van Doorslaer, E.K.A., 2019. Effects and determinants of tuberculosis drug stockouts in South Africa. BMC health services research, 19(1), p.213.
November 12, 2019 By: Ronelle Burger, L.E.M Loomen, Eddy van Dooslaer PDF

An Incentive-Based and Community Health Worker Package Intervention to Improve Early Utilization of Antenatal Care: Evidence from a Pilot Randomised Controlled Trial

Rossouw, L., Burger, R.P. and Burger, R., 2019. An Incentive-Based and Community Health Worker Package Intervention to Improve Early Utilization of Antenatal Care: Evidence from…
November 12, 2019 By: Ronelle Burger, Rulof Burger, Laura Rossouw PDF

Temporal case study of household behavioural response to Cape Town’s “Day Zero” using smart meter data

Booysen, M.J., Visser, M. and Burger, R., 2019. Temporal case study of household behavioural response to Cape Town's “Day Zero” using smart meter data. Water Research, 149,…
November 12, 2019 By: Ronelle Burger, Marthinus J. Booysen, Martine Visser PDF

Demand-Side Causes and Covariates of Late Antenatal Care Access in Cape Town, South Africa

Smith, A., Burger, R. and Black, V., 2019. Demand-Side Causes and Covariates of Late Antenatal Care Access in Cape Town, South Africa. Maternal and child health…
March 29, 2019 By: Anja Smith, Ronelle Burger, Vivian Black PDF

Global nonprofit chains and the challenges of development aid contracting

Burger, R., Owens, T. and Prakash, A., 2018, October. Global Non-Profit Chains and the Challenges of Development Aid Contracting. In Nonprofit Policy Forum (Vol. 9, No. 4).…
November 14, 2018 By: Ronelle Burger, Trudy Owens, Prakash Aseem PDF

Measuring Quality Gaps in TB Screening in South Africa Using Standardised Patient Analysis

Christian, C., Gerdtham, U.G., Hompashe, D., Smith, A. and Burger, R., 2018. Measuring quality gaps in TB screening in South Africa using standardised patient analysis.…

Building bridges or deepening divides: Resources and formal volunteering in post-apartheid South Africa

Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP03/2017
Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP03/2017 Publication date: May 2017 Abstract: This study investigates volunteering in a highly unequal society. It uses post-apartheid South Africa…
July 16, 2018 By: Ronelle Burger PDF

The long walk: Considering the enduring spatial and racial dimensions of deprivation two decades after the fall of apartheid

Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP17/2015
Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP17/2015 Abstract: This study examines the enduring spatial and racial dimensions of poverty and deprivation in South Africa to assess…
July 4, 2018 By: Ronelle Burger, Servaas van der Berg, Sarel van der Walt, Derek Yu PDF

Trends in poverty and inequality since the political transition

Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP01/2005
Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP01/2005 Abstract: Using a constructed data series and another data series based on AMPS (the All Media and Products Survey),…
October 17, 2017 By: Ronelle Burger, Rulof Burger, Servaas van der Berg, Megan Louw, Derek Yu PDF

Examining the Robustness of Competing Explanations of Slow Growth in African Countries

Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP03/2006
Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP03/2006 Abstract: This research challenges previous findings regarding the robustness of the African growth dummy by expanding the list of…
October 17, 2017 By: Ronelle Burger, Stan Du Plessis PDF

A series of national accounts-consistent estimates of poverty and inequality in South Africa

Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP09/2007
Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP09/2007 Abstract: This paper makes a unique contribution to the South African literature in combining data from an alternative source…
October 17, 2017 By: Ronelle Burger, Rulof Burger, Servaas van der Berg, Megan Louw, Derek Yu PDF

Model of NGO Regulation with an Application to Uganda

Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP22/2011
Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP22/2011 Abstract: We develop a model of regulation of service-delivery NGOs, where future grants are conditional on prior spending of…
October 16, 2017 By: Ronelle Burger PDF

Estimating the benefits of linking ties in a deeply divided society: considering the relationship between domestic workers and their employers in South Africa

Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP18/2013
Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP18/2013 Abstract: In South Africa social exclusion remains a problem due to the multiple and overlapping divisions in post-apartheid society…
October 16, 2017 By: Ronelle Burger, Marisa Coetzee, Carina van der Watt PDF

Journal Articles

Journal Articles
BURGER R, DASGUPTA I, OWENS T. A Model of non-governmental organization regulation with an application to Uganda. Economic Development and Cultural Change 2015; 64(1):71-111. BURGER…
October 16, 2017 By: Ronelle Burger PDF

Why pay NGOs to involve the community?

Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP05/2014
Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP05/2014 Publication date: 2014 Abstract: We examine the case for donors providing financial incentives to NGOs to increase community participation.…
October 16, 2017 By: Ronelle Burger, Indraneel Dasgupta, Trudy Owens PDF

The Capability Threshold: Re-examining the definition of the middle class in an unequal developing country

Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP16.2015
Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP16.2015 Publication date: 2015 Abstract: In a polarised and highly unequal country such as South Africa, it is unlikely that…
October 16, 2017 By: Ronelle Burger, Servaas van der Berg, Camren McAravey 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

South Africa’s hospital sector: old divisions and new developments

  Abstract The hospital sector in South Africa mirrors deep inequalities in the country as a whole. The private, for-profit hospital sector is well resourced…
April 29, 2017 By: Anja Smith, Chloé van Biljon, Ronelle Burger, Shivani Ranchod, Cheryl Adams, Angeliki Carvounes, Kathryn Dreyer, Jacqui Stewart PDF

Healthcare reform priorities for South Africa: Four essays on the financing, delivery and user acceptability of healthcare

Thesis (PhD)—Stellenbosch University, 2016.
Candidate: Anna Maria Smith Supervisor: Professor Ronnel Burger Co-supervisor: Professor Servaas van der Berg Institution: Stellenbosch University, Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences, Department of Economics Abstract: Despite…
October 16, 2016 By: Rulof Burger, Servaas van der Berg, Anna Maria Smith (Candidate) PDF

The assessment and improvement of the health status of vulnerable and low income individuals in South Africa: an analysis using quantitative and experimental methods

Thesis (DCom)—Stellenbosch University, 2016.
Candidate: Laura Rossouw Supervisor: Professor Ronelle burger Co-supervisor: Professor Servaas van der Berg Institution: Stellenbosch University, Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences, Department of Economics   Abstract: More than…
June 19, 2016 By: Ronelle Burger, Servaas van der Berg, Laura Rossouw (candidate) PDF

Strengthening the measurement of quality of public health care

  Abstract There is growing recognition that access to healthcare facilities is unlikely to improve health outcomes if the quality of the care provided at…
April 29, 2016 By: Anja Smith, Ronelle Burger, Laura Rossouw, Shivani Ranchod PDF