Trust Gangaidzo

PHD Student

Trust Gangaidzo holds BSc Honours Economics and MSc Economics Degrees from the University of Zimbabwe. During his Master’s degree studies (2014-2016), Trust was a teaching assistant for undergraduate applied statistics and macroeconomics. Before enrolling for his PhD, Trust worked on a short-term contract for the African Capacity Building Foundation (the African Union’s Specialized Agency for Capacity Development). Trust is currently a DAAD scholarship holder and doing his PhD at Stellenbosch University. His PhD thesis focuses on the socioeconomic perspective of stressful life events and hypertension in developing countries. His main research interests are development economics and health economics.

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

Abstract Out-of-pocket (OOP) expenditures on health remain high in many low- and middle-income countries despite policy efforts aiming to reduce these health costs by targeting…
September 22, 2021 By: Martin Mwale, Martina Mchenga, and Gowokani Chijere Chirwa PDF

RESEP early career researchers publish in highly ranked health journal

A paper composed by early career researchers at RESEP, Martin Mwale and Dr Martina Mchenga, and their co-author Dr Gowokani Chirwa, has recently been published…
September 22, 2021 By: RESEP Team 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.…

A teacher retirement wave is about to hit South Africa: what it means for class size

Teacher supply and demand is a complex matter. The ultimate aim is to have a teacher in front of every class, now and for the…
September 13, 2021 By: Martin Gustafsson PDF

Infographic: Only one matric pass produced for every ten years of high school in SA

 
September 10, 2021 By: RESEP Team PDF

Gustafsson reviews policies and research on carbon tax and emissions reductions in SA while on fellowship

As Visiting Fellow with the Institute of Social and Economic Research (ISER) at Rhodes University, Martin Gustafsson recently produced a policy and literature review titled…
September 8, 2021 By: RESEP Team PDF

New paper published on COVID-19 learning losses in South Africa

A new paper on COVID-19 learning losses in South Africa has been published in the International Journal of Educational Development.
August 18, 2021 By: RESEP PDF

A ‘Free’ Labour Force: The Labour Mobility of Emancipated Slaves at the Cape Colony, 1833-1891

STIAS, Stellenbosch 30 June 2020
August 11, 2021 By: Lisa Martin PDF

Education and skills for the economy and links to labour markets in South Africa – Presentation made by RESEP to the National Planning Commission

STIAS, Stellenbosch 23 June 2020
August 11, 2021 By: Martin Gustafsson PDF

Highlights from Facing Forward: Schooling for Learning in Africa

STIAS, Stellenbosch 9 June 2020
August 11, 2021 By: Elizabeth Ninan & Marlaine Lockheed PDF

Giving and racial outgroup-preferences

STIAS, Stellenbosch 2 June 2020
August 11, 2021 By: Mosima Ngwenya PDF

Coerced indigenous labour and effort in pastoral agriculture: Lessons learnt from the nineteenth century Cape frontier

STIAS, Stellenbosch 26 May 2020
August 11, 2021 By: Calumet Links PDF

A discussion of key issues in South Africa’s basic education sector during the COVID-19 pandemic

STIAS, Stellenbosch 19 May 2020
August 11, 2021 By: Stephen Taylor PDF

Climate, Weather and Development: Research in Sub-Saharan Africa

STIAS, Stellenbosch 12 May 2020
August 11, 2021 By: Thomas Ferreira PDF

Out of control: Mending the broken feedback loops of water and electricity expenses at schools

STIAS, Stellenbosch 5 May 2020
August 11, 2021 By: Thinus Booysen PDF

Labor Markets and Institutions in Postemancipation South Africa

STIAS, Stellenbosch 28 April 2020
August 11, 2021 By: Kara Dimitruk PDF

A century later: Lessons from the Spanish Influenza Pandemic of 1918

STIAS, Stellenbosch 21 April 2020
August 11, 2021 By: Johan Fourie PDF

Modelling COVID-19’s spread, severity and ICU capacity in South Africa

STIAS, Stellenbosch 14 April 2020
August 11, 2021 By: Alex van den Heever PDF

Perseverance, Passion and Poverty: Examining the association between grit and reading achievement in high-poverty schools

STIAS, Stellenbosch 7 April 2020
August 11, 2021 By: Heleen Hofmeyr PDF

Overview of Funda Wande and Bala Wande RCTs in EC and LP and collaborations with RESEP

STIAS, Stellenbosch 24 March 2020
August 11, 2021 By: Nic Spaull PDF

The Big-Fish-Little-Pond Effect in mathematics in South Africa and its moderating factors

STIAS, Stellenbosch 10 March 2020
August 11, 2021 By: Debra Shepherd PDF

Generosity and Gift Giving as Sources of Motivation for Health WorkersGenerosity and Gift Giving as Sources of Motivation for Health Workers

STIAS, Stellenbosch 3 March 2020
August 11, 2021 By: Kenneth Leonard PDF

Does Class Size Matter in South African Secondary Schools? It Depends

STIAS, Stellenbosch 25 February 2020
August 11, 2021 By: Tim Kohler PDF

Long-term effects of childhood exposure to war on domestic violence: Evidence from the Nigerian Civil War

STIAS, Stellenbosch 18 February 2020
August 11, 2021 By: Daniela Casale PDF

Challenges faced by individuals who have initiated TB treatment in the Western Cape and Eastern Cape provinces: a mixed method approach

STIAS, Stellenbosch 11 February 2020
August 11, 2021 By: Khanya Mama PDF

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…
August 11, 2021 By: Marisa von Fintel, Natalie van Reenen (US), Brenda Mothibe (Theewaterskloof), Lenine Felix (Rooidakke), Francis Felix (Rooidakke) PDF

How basic education has improved in the Western Cape in the past six years

Repetition is a serious problem in South Africa, and the Western Cape is no exception. In any given year between 2007 and 2019, repetition has…
June 28, 2021 By: RESEP PDF

Learner flow through patterns in the Western Cape using CEMIS datasets from 2007 to 2019: A longitudinal cohort analysis

Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP01/2021 Publication date: February 2021
June 28, 2021 By: Chris van Wyk PDF

Disability Support & Accessibility in Mainstream Schools in South Africa

This report explores the state of inclusive education in South Africa using data from the School Monitoring Survey in 2017 to assess disability support, the…
May 21, 2021 By: Nicola Deghaye PDF

Resilience key to improving your circumstances

When meeting Dumisani Hompashe and listening to his story, the word “resilience" automatically comes to mind. Because resilience is the silver thread running through his…
May 20, 2021 By: Daniel Bugan PDF

Grit matters when a child is learning to read, even in poor South African schools

School quality is important in determining children’s success at school. But individual characteristics of the child also play a role. In particular, researchers and teachers…
May 10, 2021 By: Heleen Hofmeyr PDF

Health and education: the building blocks of a thriving economy

Improving education outcomes and producing a skills revolution, as well as ensuring a healthy nation, are two of the key priorities of the sixth administration,…
April 19, 2021 By: Eldridge Moses, Ronelle Burger PDF

Recent RESEP PhD graduates

Three RESEP doctoral candidates were capped at a recent Stellenbosch University (SU) Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences graduation ceremony for PhDs. Congratulations to Joel…
April 7, 2021 By: RESEP Team PDF

A new report looks into the effects of the COVID-19 on global indicators of early-grade learning proficiency

Martin Gustafsson has recently published a report titled "Pandemic-related disruptions to schooling and impacts on learning proficiency indicators in which he has modelled the possible…
April 6, 2021 By: RESEP Team PDF

RESEP researchers produce Second-chance Matriculation technical report for Youth Capital

A new Youth Capital report, Matrics 'on the Fringe': a Review of the Second Chance Programme, has recently been released. The report draws from the findings…
March 11, 2021 By: RESEP Team PDF

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

RESEP contributes to a BER study assessing progress with the NDP.

RESEP's Servaas van der Berg and Ronelle Burger recently contributed to a Bureau for Economic Development (BER) report tracking the progress of the National Development…
February 22, 2021 By: RESEP Team PDF

Benchmarking early grade reading literacy skills in Nguni languages

To prevent children from falling behind in the developmental sequence of reading, a shared vision of what reading success looks like at each step is…
February 16, 2021 By: Cally Ardington PDF

Why mentorship matters for young women in STEM professions

For better or worse, all of our careers are shifted, shaped and sometimes shortened by influential figures in our lives. When it comes to women…
February 15, 2021 By: Tia Linda Zuze PDF

RESEP contributes to ground-breaking NIDS-CRAM project

With the announced hard-lockdown in March 2020, and as with most other non-essential activities, all fieldwork at Statistics South Africa (StatsSA) was shutdown. However, researchers…
February 12, 2021 By: RESEP Team PDF

Congratulations to Nic Spaull for receiving highest post-doctoral research rating

Dr Nic Spaull from Stellenbosch University's Economics Department was this week awarded a P-rating by the National Research Foundation (NRF), the highest rating possible for…
February 12, 2021 By: RESEP Team PDF

How is the COVID-19 pandemic affecting educational quality in South Africa? Evidence to date and future risks

Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP23/2020 Publication date: December 2020
Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP23/2020 Publication date: December 2020

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

Household resource flows and food poverty during South Africa’s lockdown: Short-term policy implications for three channels of social protection

Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP22/2020 Publication date: December 2020
Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP22/2020 Publication date: December 2020
December 1, 2020 By: Gabrielle Wills, Servaas van der Berg, Bokang Mpeta PDF

Post-doctoral Research Fellowship in Economics – One-year Appointment with Possible Extension to 2 Years

Quantitative analysis of education in South Africa and southern Africa. Analysis of education data sets, particularly international educational evaluations (SACMEQ, TIMSS, PIRLS, PISA-D). The focus…
December 1, 2020 By: RESEP Group PDF

Post-doctoral Research Fellowship in Economics – One-year Appointment with Possible Extension to 2 Years

Research on labour markets and education in Southern Africa. Analysis of household data sets and educational evaluation data such as SACMEQ, PIRLS or TIMSS, with…
December 1, 2020 By: RESEP Group PDF

Schools in the time of COVID-19: Possible implications for enrolment, repetition and dropout

Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP20/2020 Publication date: November 2020
Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP20/2020 Publication date: November 2020

SUMMARY REPORT: Benchmarking early grade reading skills in Nguni languages

This is a summary report that presents the key findings and approach used in identifying early grade reading benchmarks and thresholds in three Nguni languages:…
November 5, 2020 By: Gabrielle Wills, Nangamso Mtsatse, Nicola Deghaye, Nompumelelo Mohohlwane, Servaas van der Berg, Cally Ardington, Elizabeth Pretorius, Alicia Menendez PDF

TECHNICAL REPORT: Benchmarking early grade reading skills in Nguni languages

This report presents the key findings and approach used in identifying early grade reading benchmarks and thresholds in three Nguni languages: isiZulu, isiXhosa and siSwati. 
November 5, 2020 By: Gabrielle Wills, Nangamso Mtsatse, Nicola Deghaye, Nompumelelo Mohohlwane, Servaas van der Berg, Cally Ardington, Elizabeth Pretorius, Alicia Menendez PDF

Schools in the time of COVID-19: impacts of the pandemic on curriculum

This working paper presents the findings of research into the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the curriculum in South Africa. Four research questions frame…
November 3, 2020 By: Ursula Hoadley (School of Education, University of Cape Town) PDF

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…
October 22, 2020 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) PDF

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…

What SA_SAMS/Data Driven Districts data reveal about South African School Education

Using longitudinal data components and disability statistics, this project aims to investigate school-based assessments. Funds have been received from the Michael and Susan Dell Foundation.…

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…
October 11, 2020 By: Debra Shepherd, Daniela Casale 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

Household resource flows and food poverty during South Africa’s lockdown: Short-term policy implications for three channels of social protection.

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: Gabrielle Wills, Servaas van der Berg, Leila Patel, Bokang Mpeta PDF

Using international comparisons to inform debates on salaries for publicly paid educators in South Africa

This brief replicates UNESCO’s calculations, to determine whether South African teachers’ wages are comparable with those in Denmark. The level of teacher wages so determined…
October 1, 2020 By: Tsekere Maponya PDF

The impact of the Coronavirus and lockdown on children’s welfare in South Africa

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…
September 30, 2020 By: Servaas van der Berg, Tia Linda Zuze, Grace Bridgman PDF

NIDS-CRAM Wave 1 Synthesis Report: Overview and Findings.

The overview and findings of NIDS-CRAM wave 1, consisting of work by a national consortium of 30 social science researchers from five South African universities.…
September 29, 2020 By: Nic Spaull, Cally Ardington, Ihsaan Bassier, et al. PDF

School Leadership and Local Learning Contexts in South Africa

International research has shown that the quality of school leadership and management (SLM) is important for teaching and learning, particularly in schools where there is…
September 17, 2020 By: Tia Linda Zuze, Juan, A PDF

COVID-19 and basic education: Evaluating the initial impact of the return to schooling

This paper describes the partial return to school that occurred during June and July, drawing mainly on the second wave of the NIDSCRAM survey. To…
September 12, 2020 By: Debra Shepherd, Nompumelelo Mohohlwane, Stephen Taylor PDF

Hunger in South Africa during 2020: Results from Wave 2 of NIDS-CRAM

The first wave of the National Income Dynamics Study – Coronavirus Rapid Mobile Survey (NIDSCRAM) provided strong evidence that there had been a drastic increase…
September 12, 2020 By: Servaas van der BergGrace Bridgman, Leila Patel 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

RESEP women researchers in the spotlight this Women’s Month

It is said that Women's Month is a celebration of women's achievements and the important (and often under-recognised) role that they play in South African…
August 28, 2020 By: 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

A Sector Hanging in the Balance: ECD and Lockdown in South Africa

New evidence suggests that over four months after the closure of early childhood development (ECD) programmes on 18 March 2020, the ECD sector is likely…
August 12, 2020 By: Gabrielle Wills, Janeli Kotze, Jesal Kika-Mistry PDF

RESEP researcher recent Oped in News24: Opportunities for girls to excel few and far between

RESEP researcher recent Oped in News24: Opportunities for girls to excel few and far between RESEP researcher, Linda Zuze, recently wrote an article for News…
August 5, 2020 By: PDF

Recently in the Press: Four Contributions by RESEP Researchers

In an effort to provide expert opinions, as well as assist in guiding public discussions around socio-economic policy, such as education, and issues related to…
July 29, 2020 By: PDF

Om die Riebeek-berge te versit

In April this year, 24-year-old Lunga Swelindawo received his Master's degree in Economics. This Swartlander knew from a young age that he was different: He…
July 10, 2020 By: PDF

Floor effects and the comparability of developing country student test scores

The report serves as a background paper to UNESCO’s 2020 Global Education Monitoring Report (GEMR).
June 26, 2020 By: Martin Gustafsson PDF

The Race Between Teacher Wages and the Budget

This report determines how the real resources available to the average child in South Africa have changed over the period 2008 to 2018.
June 19, 2020 By: Adaiah Lilenstein, Nic Spaull, Servaas van der Berg, & David Carel PDF

Counting the Cost: COVID-19 School Closures in South Africa & its Impact on Children

Van der Berg, S & Spaull, N. (2020). Counting the Cost: COVID-19 school closures in South Africa & its impacts on children. Research on Socioeconomic…

Call for Comment on Report: Education and Skills for the Economy and Links to Labour Markets in South Africa

A report by RESEP's Servaas van der Berg, Martin Gustafsson, and Kholekile Malindi titled Education and Skills for the Economy and Links to Labour Markets in…
June 9, 2020 By: Martin Gustafsson, Servaas van der Berg, Kholekile Malindi PDF

Opportunity Gaps Among South African Girls

This policy brief compares educational progress among South African girls across the socioeconomic spectrum to shed some light on which girls are actually succeeding academically…
June 7, 2020 By: Tia Linda Zuze PDF

Recently Published Work

Gabrielle Wills and Servaas van der Berg explore the development and trial of new metrics to quantify school leadership and management practices and/or processes considered…

Measuring School Leadership and Management and Linkages with Literacy: Evidence from Rural and Township Primary Schools in South Africa

Wills, G. and van der Berg, S., 2020. Measuring school leadership and management and linkages with literacy: Evidence from rural and township primary schools in…

Common Questions about South Africa’s Covid-19 Response Answered using the International OxCGRT Dataset

I use the latest (16 May) version of the OxCGRT dataset to answer three fairly common questions about COVID-19 in the South African context. The…
May 20, 2020 By: Martin Gustafsson PDF

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

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.

What the Shifting Evidence on the Coronavirus means for School Re-openings in South Africa

It is critical that the debates leading up to the re-opening of South Africa’s schools, and the actual process of re-opening, which will almost certainly…
May 12, 2020 By: Martin Gustafsson PDF

Who should go Back to School First in South Africa?

Who should go back to school first in South Africa? Children under 10 are least susceptible to COVID-19, they should go back first.   Spaull,…
May 10, 2020 By: Nic Spaull PDF

Poverty rises, inequality shifts as Covid-19 impact continues unabated

Many have to fall back on that familiar South African last resort, the extended family. It will take some time before the full effect of…
May 9, 2020 By: Servaas van der Berg PDF

SU Researchers Lead Multi-university study to track Economic Impacts of COVID-19

This week researchers at Stellenbosch University launched the Coronavirus Rapid Mobile Survey (CRAM), a collaborative research project across five universities which will track the social…
May 8, 2020 By: Stellenbosch University PDF

International Tests: What are they and why should South Africa Participate?

International Tests: What are they and why should South Africa participate? South Africa takes part in three major international assessments: TIMSS, PIRLS and SEACMEQ. This…
May 6, 2020 By: Grace Bridgman PDF

Mother-tongue Instruction or Straight-for-English? The Primary Education Policy Dilemma

Language-in-education policy has a powerful influence on social and economic relations, with complex dimensions in multilingual and unequal societies such as South Africa.

Perseverance, Passion, and Poverty: Examining the association between grit and reading achievement in high-poverty schools

Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP06/2020
This paper examines whether school characteristics moderate the association between grit and reading achievement in a sample of Grade 6 learners in high-poverty contexts.
April 20, 2020 By: Heleen Hofmeyr PDF

New RESEP Working Paper Assesses SA’s approach to COVID-19 Compared with the Rest of the World

Using a dataset known as the Oxford COVID-19 Government Response Tracker (OxCGRT), RESEP's Martin Gustafsson assesses the South African response to COVID-19 relative to that of 139…
April 17, 2020 By: RESEP Team PDF

How does South Africa’s Covid-19 Response Compare Globally? A Preliminary Analysis using the new OxCGRT Dataset

How does South Africa’s Covid-19 response compare globally? A preliminary analysis using the new OxCGRT dataset   A 19 May 2020 update of aspects of…
April 17, 2020 By: Martin Gustafsson PDF

Education in a Time of School Closures

President Ramaphosa announced on 15 March that schools would close within days for just over three weeks, as opposed to the originally planned one week…
March 25, 2020 By: Martin Gustafsson PDF

With Schools Shut, Kids Go Hungry (BD Article)

The coronavirus pandemic working its way through South African society will have many knock-on effects, one of them will be hunger and malnutrition as 9-million…
March 23, 2020 By: Nic Spaull PDF

COVID-19 in South Africa: Navigating Social Solidarity in a Time of Social Distancing

RESEP's Ronelle Burger today published an article in the Daily Maverick calling for South African's to stand together and adhere to the President's recent announcements…
March 19, 2020 By: Ronelle Burger PDF

RESEP hosts researchers from the UK, India, and Nepal at a two-day workshop on education research

On the 20th and 21st of February 2020, RESEP convened a workshop on education research with participation from academics from the University of Bristol (UK),…
March 19, 2020 By: Heleen Hofmeyr PDF

RESEP researcher Cobus Burger builds winning model for Uber Movement SANRAL Cape Town Challenge

Competing against some 738 data scientists from around the globe, RESEP’s Cobus Burger recently won the Uber Movement SANRAL Cape Town Challenge. Burger's model was…
March 11, 2020 By: RESEP Team PDF

Study shows standardised reference letters increase employment prospects

A cost-effective intervention that is easy to implement – this is how researchers describe the standardised reference letter that was developed to assist unemployed South…
March 9, 2020 By: RESEP Team PDF

Revised results confirm large improvements in South Africa’s reading outcomes, albeit from a low base

A recent paper by Martin Gustafsson shows that there have been significant improvements in reading in South Africa in recent years.
March 4, 2020 By: Heleen Hofmeyr PDF

A revised PIRLS 2011 to 2016 trend for South Africa and the importance of analysing the underlying microdata

Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP02/2020
Given South Africa’s weak performance in international testing programmes, there is a strong interest in gauging improvements within these programmes.
February 21, 2020 By: Martin Gustafsson PDF

Correspondence between mathematics and mathematical literacy scores: an analysis from 2010 to 2018

Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP03/2020
This paper estimates correspondence curves between mathematics and mathematical literacy scores for South African Matric Students from 2010 to 2018.
February 20, 2020 By: Grace Bridgman PDF

Workshops, Conferences and Training Events of 2019

This small workshop largely involved RESEP researchers and people from the policymaking world. It was held at STIAS in July and funded from RESEP's own…
February 5, 2020 By: PDF

New Projects for 2020

This two-year project for the UK’s Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) will involve a number of researchers from outside RESEP, including Elizabeth (Lilly) Pretorius…
February 5, 2020 By: PDF

Completed and Ongoing Projects of 2019-2020

This project for the Department of Higher Education and Training involved writing this report on DHET’s behalf, analysing their own data.
February 5, 2020 By: PDF

Understanding healthcare from the perspective of the client

In the last ten years, RESEP has expanded its health policy expertise to the point where it has built up substantial expertise and experience in…
February 5, 2020 By: Ronelle Burger PDF

Nurse Staffing and the Quality Of Care

STIAS, Stellenbosch 4 February 2020
February 4, 2020 By: Karina Dietermann PDF

Trends in performance in international evaluations of reading and mathematics

Two recent papers by RESEP's Martin Gustafsson look into, firstly, the historical trends between nations in children's reading and mathematics performance and, secondly, their future…
February 4, 2020 By: Martin Gustafsson PDF

Socioeconomic Status and Class Size in South African Secondary Schools

Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP01/2020
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.…
January 21, 2020 By: Timothy Köhler  PDF

The period effect: the effect of menstruation on absenteeism of school girls in Limpopo

Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP20/2019
This paper will aim to answer three questions: (1) Are girls absent from school during their periods? (2) If so, how large is the effect…
December 21, 2019 By: Chloé van Biljon, Cobus Burger PDF

Performance Beyond Expectations: Academic Resilience in South Africa

Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP19/2019
Socio-economic status and educational outcomes are strongly linked across countries and education systems. However, a growing body of research documents the existence of students from…
December 20, 2019 By: Heleen Hofmeyr PDF

The promise of SA-SAMS & DDD data for tracking progression, repetition and drop-out

Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP17/2019
This paper analyses the SA-SAMS school administration data that the Michael and Susan Dell Foundation in partnership with the Department of Basic Education collects quarterly…
December 19, 2019 By: Chris van Wyk, Nicola Deghaye, Servaas van der Berg, Kate Rich PDF

Reading research recognised by The Impact Initiative

Over the period 2016 to 2018, RESEP were engaged in a study titled "Leadership for Literacy" funded by the ESRC/DFID. The project resulted in the…
November 29, 2019 By: Gabrielle Wills PDF

RESEP runs an introductory training course on quantitative data analysis

RESEP led an introductory training course on quantitative data analysis for researchers in education in Stellenbosch from 11 to 15 November. The course was attended…

Remittances and Household Welfare: Evidence from Zambia

STIAS, Stellenbosch 26 November 2019
November 26, 2019 By: Elizabeth Nanziri PDF

School leadership and management: Identifying linkages with learning and structural inequalities

Wills, G., 2019. School leadership and management: Identifying linkages with learning and structural inequalities. In South African Schooling: The Enigma of Inequality (pp. 301-320). Springer, Cham.
November 25, 2019 By: Gabrielle Wills PDF

Addressing the ‘leadership conundrum through a mixed methods study of school leadership for literacy

Taylor, N., Wills, G. and Hoadley, U., 2019. Addressing the ‘leadership conundrum ’through a mixed methods study of school leadership for literacy. Research in Comparative and…
November 15, 2019 By: Gabrielle Wills, Nick Taylor, Ursula Hoadly PDF

Teachers’ unions and industrial action in South African primary schools: Exploring their impacts on learning

Abstract: This paper investigates a disruption hypothesis that student learning is lost as a direct consequence of teacher strike action in South Africa. At face…
November 15, 2019 By: Gabrielle Wills 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

Assessing Early Literacy Outcomes in Burkina Faso and Senegal: Using DHS and PASEC to Combine Access and Quality

  Book: Improving Early Literacy Outcomes Chapter: Assessing Early Literacy Outcomes in Burkina Faso and Senegal: Using DHS and PASEC to Combine Access and Quality   https://brill.com/view/title/55194?lang=en…
November 12, 2019 By: Nic SpaullAdaiah Lilenstein PDF

Learning to Read and Write for Meaning and Pleasure

Spaull, N. (2019). Learning to Read and Write for Meaning and Pleasure. In Spaull, N. & Comings, J. (Eds), Improving Early Literacy Outcomes. Leiden, The Netherlands:…
November 11, 2019 By: Nic Spaull PDF

Still Falling at the First Hurdle: Examining Early grade Reading in South Africa

Spaull, N. & Pretorius, E. (2019). Still Falling at the First Hurdle: Examining Early grade Reading in South Africa. In Spaull, N., & Jansen, J.…
November 11, 2019 By: Nic Spaull, Elizabeth Pretorius PDF

Equity: A Price Too High to Pay?

Spaull, N. (2019). Equity: A Price Too High to Pay? In Spaull, N., & Jansen, J. (Eds), South African Schooling: The Enigma of Inequality. Springer…
November 11, 2019 By: Nic Spaull PDF

The Complementary Effects of Farm Input Subsidies and Health Care Quality

STIAS, Stellenbosch 19 November 2019
November 9, 2019 By: Martin Mwale PDF

Minimum wages and firm dynamics: Preliminary evidence from the agricultural sector using South African administrative tax data

STIAS, Stellenbosch 5 November 2019
November 5, 2019 By: Marlies Piek PDF

Disseminating your Research and Accessing Funding

STIAS, Stellenbosch 29 October 2019
October 29, 2019 By: Nic Spaull PDF

Spatial autocorrelation in the non-profit sector: The role of demand and supply

STIAS, Stellenbosch 15 October 2019
October 15, 2019 By: Dineo Shirley PDF

Academic resilience in challenging contexts: Evidence from township and rural primary schools in South Africa

Wills, G. and Hofmeyr, H., 2019. Academic resilience in challenging contexts: Evidence from township and rural primary schools in South Africa. International Journal of Educational Research, 98,…
October 9, 2019 By: Gabrielle Wills, Heleen Hofmeyr PDF

Determinants of Reading Ability – Investigating Non-Linear Relationships Using Generalised Structural Equation, Mediated, and Non-Parametric Modelling

STIAS, Stellenbosch 8 October 2019
October 8, 2019 By: Alex O'Riordan PDF

#Researchforimpact: Understanding academic resilience in challenging schools

(Note: this story originally appeared on the Stellenbosch University website)   ​​Even in high-poverty contexts, some children manage to achieve consistently good academic results despite…
October 7, 2019 By: Stellenbosch University PDF

Quantitative Education Research Conference again a huge success

On 12 and 13 September, RESEP held its fifth Quantitative Education Research Conference at the Stias Conference Centre in Stellenbosch. As in past years, it…

Examining Child Health and Nutrition Inequality in Tanzania

STIAS, Stellenbosch 1 October 2019
October 1, 2019 By: PDF

Introductory training course on data analysis for education researchers

We will be hosting an introductory training course on data analysis for education researchers from 11-15 November 2019. Put your nominee in touch with us…
September 19, 2019 By: Servaas van der Berg PDF

Segregation and Academic Achievement Gaps in the U.S.: New Evidence from Big Data

STIAS, Stellenbosch 10 September 2019
September 10, 2019 By: Sean Reardon PDF

Segregation and academic achievement gaps in the U.S.: New evidence from big data

September 10, 2019 By: PDF

Stressful Life Events, Neighbourhood Characteristics and Hypertension in South Africa

STIAS, Stellenbosch 3 September 2019
September 3, 2019 By: Trust Gangaidzo PDF

Stressful Life Events, Neighbourhood Characteristics and Hypertension in South Africa

September 3, 2019 By: Trust Gangaidzo PDF

Conflict, Measurement and Welfare: Collecting Household Survey Data in South Sudan

STIAS, Stellenbosch 27 August 2019
August 27, 2019 By: Arden Finn PDF

Conflict, Measurement and Welfare: Collecting Household Survey Data in South Sudan

August 27, 2019 By: PDF

The Effect of Menstruation on Absenteeism of School Girls in South Africa

STIAS, Stellenbosch 20 August 2019
August 20, 2019 By: Chloé van Biljon PDF

The Effect of Menstruation on Absenteeism of School Girls in South Africa

STIAS, Stellenbosch 20 August 2019
August 20, 2019 By: Chloé van Biljon PDF

Community Health Workers, Subsidies, and Safe Water: Evidence from Malawi

STIAS, Stellenbosch 13 August 2019
August 13, 2019 By: Pascaline Dupas (Stanford) PDF

Community Health Workers, Subsidies, and Safe Water: Evidence from Malawi

STIAS, Stellenbosch 13 August 2019
August 13, 2019 By: Pascaline Dupas (Stanford) PDF

Diversity Backlash? Migration, Ethnic Fractionalization and Violence in the Soviet Union

STIAS, Stellenbosch 6 August 2019
August 6, 2019 By: Young-ook Jang PDF

Diversity Backlash? Migration, Ethnic Fractionalization and Violence in the Soviet Union

STIAS, Stellenbosch 6 August 2019
August 6, 2019 By: Young-ook Jang PDF

Immigration and Preferences for redistribution in Europe

STIAS, Stellenbosch 30 July 2019
July 30, 2019 By: Elie Murard PDF

Reading for meaning: a common issue in President’s SONA speech and RESEP’s “Binding Constraints” report

In 2016, RESEP published the "Binding Constraints" report discussing the importance of reading for meaning by grade 3. Three years later, President Cyril Ramaphosa echoes…
July 29, 2019 By: RESEP Team PDF

Book Launch: State of the Nation

STIAS, Stellenbosch 23 July 2019
July 23, 2019 By: Ingrid Woolard PDF

Highlights from RESEP’s Early Learning Workshop (4 to 5 July 2019)

RESEP hosted a two-day workshop at STIAS from 4 to 5 July 2019, with participation from key academics and policymakers engaged in early learning research…
July 9, 2019 By: Gabrielle Wills PDF

Strategies for Integrating Qualitative and Quantitative Data in Mixed Methods Research

STIAS, Stellenbosch 9 July 2019
July 9, 2019 By: Tim Guetterman PDF

Minister Tito Mboweni, experts and researchers attend RESEP workshop on the South African Labour Market in a Macro-economic Context

On 20 and 21 June 2019, the labour group within RESEP hosted a small, successful workshop on The Labour Market in a Macro-economic Context at…
June 26, 2019 By: Dieter von Fintel PDF

Home is Where the Head is: The Spatial Relationship between Household Wealth and Early Childhood Cognitive Outcomes in the Context of a Maternal and Child Health Programme

STIAS, Stellenbosch 25 June 2019
June 25, 2019 By: Anja Smith, Ed Kirby PDF

The sustainability of early education interventions: Have learning gains and improved teacher practices persisted in the Early Grade Reading Study?

STIAS, Stellenbosch 11 June 2019
June 11, 2019 By: Stephen Taylor PDF

Symposium on Subsidised Housing hosted by RESEP (Stellenbosch University), Bath University and WC Department of Human Settlements

On May 27, 2019, RESEP and uMama of Stellenbosch University, Bath University and the Western Cape Department of Human Settlements hosted a symposium on subsidised…
June 3, 2019 By: RESEP and uMama PDF

Sparking a love for reading – fidelity, impact and sustainability of Story Powered Schools (cohort one)

STIAS, Stellenbosch 28 May 2019
May 28, 2019 By: Cally Ardington PDF

Cost of education

STIAS, Stellenbosch 21 May 2019
May 21, 2019 By: Adaiah Lilenstein PDF

RESEP PhD student wins 2018 Founders medal for best thesis

Congratulations to Tina Fransman, who not only starts her PhD at RESEP in 2019 but also won the 2018 Economic Society of SA (Essa) Founders’…
May 7, 2019 By: RESEP PDF

Exceptional performance in PIRLS

STIAS, Stellenbosch 16 March 2019
April 16, 2019 By: Heleen Hofmeyr PDF

Examining the impact of appointment reminders for TB treatment initiation and adherence in two Cape Town clinics

STIAS, Stellenbosch 09 April 2019
April 9, 2019 By: Ronelle Burger PDF

Measuring inequality with grouped data: perspectives from historical records.

STIAS, Stellenbosch 02 April 2019
April 2, 2019 By: Dieter von Fintel, Calumet Links, Erik Green 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

Variance in employee engagement among public school teachers in the Western Cape Province: An exploratory study

STIAS, Stellenbosch 26 March 2019
March 26, 2019 By: Nicola van der Westhuizen PDF

Misreporting of Intimate Partner Violence in Developing Countries: Measurement Error and New Strategies to Minimize it

STIAS, Stellenbosch 19 March 2019
March 19, 2019 By: Jorge Aguero PDF

Patient predictors of health-seeking behaviour for persons coughing for more than two weeks in high-burden tuberculosis communities: the case of the Western Cape, South Africa

Christian, C., Burger, B., Claassens, C., Bond, V. & Burger, R. (2019). Patient predictors of health-seeking behaviour for persons coughing for more than two weeks…
March 18, 2019 By: Carmen Sue Christian, Cobus Burger, Rulof Burger, Mareli Claassens, Virginia Bond PDF

The Economic Effects of District Reforms

STIAS, Stellenbosch 12 March 2019
March 12, 2019 By: Christian Lessmann PDF

RESEP PhD student, Nangamso Mtsatse, in the global spotlight for literacy research

Nangamso Mtsatse, a RESEP PhD student, has been named as one of the world's top 30 rising young leaders (under 30 years of age) in…
March 6, 2019 By: RESEP PDF

Applications open: 2019 Bursary award to support a registered Masters’ student with an interest in education research or the economics of education

Deadline: 19 April 2019 About the award: Research on Socio-Economic Policy (RESEP) is pleased to announce the availability of a bursary to support a currently…
March 5, 2019 By: RESEP PDF

The Politics & Governance of Basic Education: Applying the 2018 World Development Report to South Africa 

STIAS, Stellenbosch 26 February 2019
February 26, 2019 By: Brian Levy PDF

Hijacked by the urgent we neglect the important (SA Budget 2019)

RESEP researcher Nic Spaull unpacks the implications of the 2019 South African Budget, with a focus on education in particular.
February 21, 2019 By: Nic Spaull PDF

Early Lead Exposure and Outcomes in Adulthood

STIAS, Stellenbosch 19 February 2019
February 19, 2019 By: Peter Nilsson PDF

An analysis of poverty declines and dynamics in Namibia using 3 waves of cross-sectional data

STIAS, Stellenbosch 12 February 2019
February 12, 2019 By: Thomas Ferreira PDF

Measuring leadership and management and their linkages with literacy in rural and township primary schools in South Africa

STIAS, Stellenbosch 5 February 2019
February 5, 2019 By: Gabrielle Wills PDF

Using satellite data to assess the impact of agricultural minimum wages in South Africa

January 29, 2019 By: Dieter von Fintel, Marlies Piek, Seiro PDF

RESEP contributes to international debates on monitoring of SDG learning proficiency goals

RESEP members often collaborate in a number of ways with the international bodies that oversee policy and service delivery trends across the world. These bodies…
January 11, 2019 By: RESEP PDF

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

RESEP members recognised for chapter contribution on systems approach to education research

RESEP team members have been acknowledged for highlighting the value of a systems approach to education research.
January 8, 2019 By: RESEP PDF

Leadership for Literacy: Final Report on the Case Study Schools

Leadership for Literacy Exploring leadership practices in township and rural primary schools serving poor communities in South Africa Final Report on the Case Study Schools
January 7, 2019 By: Nick Taylor, Ursula Hoadley PDF

School leadership and local learning contexts in South Africa

ZUZE TL & JUAN A. (2018) School leadership and local learning contexts in South Africa. Educational Management Administration & Leadership.
December 10, 2018 By: Tia Linda Zuze, Juan Andrea PDF

Bullies, victims and bully-victims in South African schools: Examining the risk factors

JUAN A, ZUZE TL, HANNAN S, GOVENDER A & REDDY V. Bullies, victims and bully-victims in South African schools: Examining the risk factors. South African Journal…
December 10, 2018 By: Tia Linda Zuze, Juan Andrea, Ashika Govender & Vijay Reddy PDF

Measuring leadership and management and their linkages with literacy in rural and township primary schools in South Africa

Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP21/2018
This paper describes a rigorous process to develop and trial new metrics for measuring and codifying school leadership and management practices and processes that are…

Addressing the ‘leadership conundrum’ through a mixed methods study of school leadership for literacy

Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No.WP02/2018
This paper explores methodological insights from a mixed methods study that aims to understand how school leaders promote literacy development in their schools.
December 2, 2018 By: Gabrielle Wills, Nick Taylor, Ursula Hoadley PDF

RESEP’s Dr Nic Spaull contributes to presidential roundtable discussion

Dr Nic Spaull, Senior Researcher in the Research on Socioeconomic Policy (RESEP) group in the Department of Economics, spoke about the importance of restoring our…
November 30, 2018 By: RESEP PDF

Academic Resilience in Challenging Contexts: Evidence From Township and Rural Primary Schools in South Africa

Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No.WP18/2018
Poverty is considered a risk factor that jeopardizes children’s academic performance. However, even in high-poverty contexts there are students who manage to achieve consistently good…
November 23, 2018 By: Gabrielle Wills, Heleen Hofmeyr 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

Explaining the Western Cape performance paradox: An econometric analysis

Wills, G., Shepherd, D., and Kotze, J. (2018). Explaining the Western Cape performance paradox: An econometric analysis, in The Politics and Governance of Basic Education: A…
November 8, 2018 By: Debra Shepherd, Gabrielle Wills, Janeli Kotzé PDF

Understanding language in education and grade 4 reading performance using a ‘natural experiment’ of Botswana and South Africa

Shepherd, D.L. (2018). Understanding language in education and grade 4 reading performance using a 'natural experiment' of Botswana and South Africa. Assessment in Education: Principles, Policy & Practice, Special Issue:…
October 8, 2018 By: Debra Shepherd PDF

RESEP alumni, Laura Rossouw, published in top-rated journal

RESEP PhD alumni, Laura Rossouw, has published one of her PhD chapters in the latest issue of top-rated demography journal, Demography.
October 8, 2018 By: RESEP Team PDF

Quantitative Education Research Conference 2018

RESEP's annual, two-day conference on Quantitative Applications in Education Research was held on 6 and 7 September 2018 in Stellenbosch
September 14, 2018 By: RESEP 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.…

RESEP website launch

It's been a while in the making, but we are very excited to announce that the day has finally arrived: RESEP's new website is now…
September 5, 2018 By: RESEP PDF

New policy briefs: September

RESEP's most recent policy briefs are now available for download.
September 5, 2018 By: RESEP Team PDF

Exploring how school leaders promote literacy improvements

Stellenbosch Policy Brief No. 06/2018
The performance of South African learners in reading comprehension is extremely poor. The Progress in International Literacy and Reading Study (2016) highlighted that by the…
September 4, 2018 By: Gabrielle Wills PDF

School leadership and local learning contexts in South Africa

Stellenbosch Policy Brief No. 05/2018
The role of the school principal in South African schools has evolved. No longer are they only seen as managers and administrators; they are also…
September 4, 2018 By: Tia Linda ZuzeAndrea Juan PDF

Structural inequalities in school leadership and management across South African schools

Stellenbosch Policy Brief No. 04/2018
In the National Development Plan strengthening the quality of school leadership and management was identified as a priority to support improvements in South African basic…
September 4, 2018 By: Gabrielle Wills PDF

The possibility of improvements despite a lack of existing high-quality no-fee primary schools

Stellenbosch Policy Brief No. 03/2018
The low quality of South African schooling has been widely confirmed through international tests of mathematics and literacy. The 2016 Progress in International Reading Literacy…
September 4, 2018 By: Gabrielle Wills PDF

Creating reading fluency benchmarks in African languages

Stellenbosch Policy Brief No. 02/2018
Learning to read for meaning is the most important skill that children learn in primary school. If a child cannot read well, then they will…
September 4, 2018 By: Nic Spaull, Nompumelelo Mohohlwane, Elizabeth Pretorius PDF

Academic resilience in challenging school contexts in South Africa

Stellenbosch Policy Brief No. 01/2018
Poverty is considered a risk factor that jeopardizes children’s academic performance. Yet even in high poverty contexts there are students who manage to achieve consistently…
September 4, 2018 By: Gabrielle Wills, Heleen Hofmeyr PDF

A survey of Early Childhood Development Centres in Namibia

Unicef Namibia and the Namibian Ministry of Gender Equity and Child Welfare engaged RESEP to conduct this study. Dr. Chris van Wyk advised and assisted…
August 11, 2018 By: Chris van Wyk PDF

Investment Trends Report: Financial Trends in Post-school Education and Training

In 2018, RESEP was contracted by the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) via the National Skills Fund to draft an Investment Trends report.
August 1, 2018 By: RESEP Team PDF

World Bank commissioned RESEP paper now available

A paper by RESEP’s Servaas van der Berg and Heleen Hofmeyr, titled “An incomplete transition – overcoming the legacy of exclusion in South Africa”, is…
July 23, 2018 By: RESEP PDF

Instructional leadership and academic performance: Eastern Cape educators’ perceptions and quantitative evidence

Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP13/2018
Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP13/2018 Publication date: July 2018 Abstract: This study aims to explore the experiences and perceptions of school educators on how…
July 19, 2018 By: Dumisani Hompashe PDF

Using satellite data to track socio-economic outcomes: a case study of Namibia

Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP12/2018
Efforts to improve the livelihoods of the poor in sub-Saharan Africa are hindered by data deficiencies. Surveys on socio-economic outcomes, for example, are generally conducted…
July 19, 2018 By: Thomas Ferreira PDF

Bridging the intention-behavior gap? The effect of plan-making prompts on job search and employment

Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP11/2018
We test the effects of plan-making on job search and employment. In a field experiment with unemployed youths, participants who complete a detailed job search…
July 19, 2018 By: Rulof Burger PDF

Integrating Indicators of Education Quantity and Quality in Six Francophone African Countries

Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP09/2018
Research and policy-making in education have historically focused on quantitative measures of education when assessing the state of education across countries.
July 19, 2018 By: Adaiah Lilenstein PDF

Understanding the sharp primary level enrolment increases beginning in 2011

Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP08/2018
Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP08/2018 Publication date: May 2018 Abstract: Enrolments at the primary level in South Africa increased sharply from around 2011. Over…
July 19, 2018 By: Martin Gustafsson PDF

Does education enhance productivity in smallholder agriculture? Causal evidence from Malawi

Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP05/2018
Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP05/2018 Publication date: March 2018 Abstract: Malawi is a low-income country where the majority of the poor live and work…
July 19, 2018 By: Thomas Ferreira 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

Home background and schooling outcomes in South Africa: Insights from the National Income Dynamics Study

Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP01/2018
Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP01/2018 Publication date: January 2018 Abstract: Patterns of poverty and inequality in South Africa are largely sustained by differential educational…
July 19, 2018 By: Heleen Hofmeyr PDF

The ‘Martha Effect’: The compounding female advantage in South African higher education

Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP14/2017
Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP14/2017 Publication date: November 2017 Abstract: In this paper we use population-wide panel data to follow every South African student…
July 16, 2018 By: Nic Spaull, Hendrik van Broekhuizen PDF

The effect of old age pensions on child deprivation: revisiting the role of gender

Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP13/2017
Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP13/2017 Publication date: October 2017 Abstract: Existing work suggests that the South African state old age pension, through, increasing female…
July 16, 2018 By: Chloé van Biljon PDF

Gender, Self-concept and Mathematics and Science Performance of South African Grade 9 Students

Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP10/2017
Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP11/2017 Publication date: October 2017 Abstract: Despite improvements over the past decade, South African women continue to be underrepresented in…
July 16, 2018 By: Debra Shepherd 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…

The effect of neighbourhoods and school quality on education and labour market outcomes in South Africa

Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP08/2017
Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP08/2017 Publication date: September 2017 Abstract: This study evaluates the relative importance of family, neighbourhood and school quality in explaining…
July 16, 2018 By: Asmus Zoch PDF

The value of reference letters

Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP06/2017
Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP06/2017 Publication date: June 2017 Abstract: We show that reference letters from former employers alleviate information asymmetries about workers’ skills…
July 16, 2018 By: Rulof Burger PDF

Succeeding against the odds: A quantitative assessment of the effectiveness of IkamvaYouth

Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP05/2017
Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP05/2017 Publication date: June 2017 Abstract: The work presented here is essentially an update to the previous evaluation conducted by…
July 16, 2018 By: Servaas van der Berg PDF

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

What do you mean by ‘good’? The search for exceptional primary schools in South Africa’s no-fee school system

Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP16/2017
Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP16/2017 Publication date: December 2017 Abstract: This paper describes a rigorous data collection process to find and verify the quality…
July 16, 2018 By: Gabrielle Wills PDF

Rotten apples or just apples and pears? Understanding patterns consistent with cheating in international test data

Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP17/2017
Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP17/2017 Publication date: December 2017 Abstract: The Southern and Eastern Africa Consortium for Monitoring Educational Quality (SACMEQ) programme has succeeded…
July 16, 2018 By: Martin Gustafsson PDF

RESEP’s Short Course Training

The Department of Higher Education Training (DHET) course is funded by UNICEF. The course, which is a Stellenbosch University accredited short course, typically lasts two…
July 16, 2018 By: RESEP PDF

Access to learning in Francophone Africa: Combining measures of schooling access and quality for comparable estimates across countries and over time

STIAS, Stellenbosch 26 June 2018
July 12, 2018 By: Adaiah Lilenstein PDF

Exposure to international trade, private standards and labour law compliance: the case of agricultural minimum wages in South Africa

STIAS, Stellenboach 19 June 2018
July 12, 2018 By: Marlies Piek PDF

The returns to schooling in South Africa

STIAS, Stellenbosch 12 June 2018
July 12, 2018 By: Willem Wilken PDF

Understanding the effects of Land Reform in Data Scarce Context

STIAS, Stellenbosch 5 June 2018
July 12, 2018 By: Tawanda Chingozha PDF

Expropriation with compensation: The 1834 slave emancipation and intergenerational outcomes

STIAS, Stellenbosch 22 MAY, 2018
July 12, 2018 By: Igor Martins PDF

Poverty dynamics and life trajectories in urban South Africa: A mixed methods investigation

STIAS, Stellenbosch 15 May 2018
July 12, 2018 By: Rocco Zizzamia (SALDRU) PDF

Measurement of earnings: Comparing South African tax and survey data

STIAS, Stellenbosch 24 April 2018
July 12, 2018 By: Martin Wittenberg (UCT) PDF

RESEP’s Prof. van der Berg undertakes new work for World Bank in Lesotho

Servaas van der Berg has recently undertaken some work for the World Bank in Lesotho as part of a Public Expenditure Review.
July 9, 2018 By: RESEP 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

Principal leadership changes in South Africa: Investigating their consequences for school performance

Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP01/2016
Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP01/2016 Abstract: A rising number of school leadership changes have been occurring in South African schools as a large proportion…
July 4, 2018 By: Gabrielle Wills PDF

Teacher supply and the quality of schooling in South Africa. Patterns over space and time

Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP03/2016
Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP03/2016 Abstract: The paper addresses policy questions in South Africa’s education system using a newly merged 1999 to 2013 panel…
July 4, 2018 By: Martin Gustafsson PDF

Treating schools to a new administration: Evidence from South Africa of the impact of better practices in the system-level administration of schools

Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP05/2016
Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP05/2016 Abstract: School examination results are far from ideal measures of progress in schooling systems, yet if analysed with sufficient…
July 4, 2018 By: Martin Gustafsson, Stephen Taylor PDF

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

Graduate unemployment and Higher Education Institutions in South Africa

Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP08/2016
Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP08/2016 Abstract: The emerging consensus regarding high and rising levels of graduate unemployment in South Africa in recent years has…
July 4, 2018 By: Hendrik van Broekhuizen 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

Interrogating a Paradox of Performance in the WCED: A Provincial and Regional Comparison of Student Learning

Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP14/2016
Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP14/2016 Abstract: The Western Cape, one of South Africa’s better performing provinces in terms of educational outcomes, has a relatively…
July 4, 2018 By: Debra Shepherd, Gabrielle Wills, Janeli Kotzé PDF

Higher Education Access and Outcomes for the 2008 National Matric Cohort

Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP16/2016
This study uses a unique dataset to investigate university access, throughput, and dropout for the 2008 national matric cohort. The findings show that university access…

Disentangling the language effect in South African schools: Measuring the impact of ‘language of assessment’ in grade 3 literacy and numeracy

Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP19/2016
Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP19/2016 Abstract: The aim of this paper is to exploit an unusual occurrence whereby a large group of South African…
July 4, 2018 By: Nic Spaull PDF

Funda Wande: Teaching Reading for Meaning

The “Funda Wande: Teaching Reading for Meaning” project aims to help address the fact that most (58%) South African children don't read for meaning, by developing a…
July 2, 2018 By: Nic Spaull PDF

UNESCO Institute of Statistics (UIS) commissions RESEP’s Chris van Wyk

In 2017, RESEP's Chris van Wyk was commissioned by UNESCO Institute of Statistics (UIS), as the lead consultant to develop training materials and methodological tools…
June 25, 2018 By: RESEP PDF

Treating schools to a new administration: Evidence of the impact of better practices in the system-level administration of schools

Gustafsson, M. and Taylor, S., 2018. Treating Schools to a New Administration: Evidence of the Impact of Better Practices in the System-Level Administration of Schools.…
May 7, 2018 By: Martin Gustafsson PDF

Behavioural responses of taxpayers to Voluntary Disclosure Programmes: the case of South Africa

STIAS, Stellenbosch 17 March 2018
April 30, 2018 By: Chengetai Dare PDF

A structural approach to modelling employment transitioning in South Africa

STIAS, Stellenbosch 6 March 2018
April 30, 2018 By: Cobus Burger, Simone Schotte PDF

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

STIAS, Stellenbosch 27 February 2018

Social class wage penalties and education: Cross-sectional evidence and its implications for policy

STIAS, Stellenbosch 5 December 2017
April 30, 2018 By: Kristinn Hermannsson PDF

TB mystery patient work and user-based measures

STIAS, Stellenbosch 7 November 2017
April 30, 2018 By: Ronelle Burger PDF

Interdisciplinary/Transdisciplinary Developmental Neuroscience of Poverty: Research Gaps in Africa

STIAS, Stellenbosch 24 October 2017
April 30, 2018 By: Barak Morgan PDF

Informal settlements and social mobility in post-apartheid South Africa: a longitudinal perspective in a low-growth environment

STIAS, Stellenbosch 24 October 2017
April 30, 2018 By: Eldridge Moses PDF

Who went to the Clinic? Lessons from Mission Hospital Patient Registers in Uganda, 1908-70

STIAS, Stellenbosch 17 October 2017
April 30, 2018 By: Dr Felix Meier Zu Selhausen PDF

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

STIAS, Stellenbosch 3 October 2017

Labour market outcomes and sexual orientation: An analysis of the South African labour market

STIAS, Stellenbosch 22 August 2017
April 30, 2018 By: Theo Klein PDF

The effect of old age pensions on child depravation: revisiting the role of gender

STIAS, Stellenbosch 15 August 2017
April 30, 2018 By: Chloé van Biljon PDF

Firms & Skills Constraints: Evidence from eThekwini

STIAS, Stellenbosch 8 August 2017
April 30, 2018 By: Myriam Velia and Glen Robbins PDF

Evaluating the quality of TB screening in South Africa: preliminary pilot results

STIAS, Stellenbosch 1 August 2017
April 30, 2018 By: Carmen Sue Christian, Ronelle Burger, Carmen Sue, Christian Lopes PDF

What role can curriculum and language play in performance differences in maths and science?

STIAS, Stellenbosch 18 July 2017
April 30, 2018 By: Debra Shepherd PDF

Is Matric still Matric? Generational shifts in labour market earnings

STIAS, Stellenbosch 20 June 2017
April 30, 2018 By: Cobus Burger PDF

Bridging the Learning Gaps in South Africa’s Public Education System – The Role of School Funding

STIAS, Stellenbosch 13 June 2017
April 30, 2018 By: Birgit Weyss PDF

Are female farmers more vulnerable to climate change? Evidence from Ghana

STIAS, Stellenbosch 6 June 2017
April 30, 2018 By: Thomas Ferreira PDF

Imperfect information and the wage-gap for South African men: statistical discrimination, employer learning and labour market signalling

STIAS, Stellenbosch 30 May 2017
April 30, 2018 By: Kholekile Malindi PDF

Examining rural development through qualitative-quantitative integrated livelihoods-analysis in the Eastern Cape

STIAS, Stellenbosch 23 May 2017
April 30, 2018 By: David Neves PDF

The effects of TB medicine stock outs

STIAS, Stellenbosch 16 May 2017
April 30, 2018 By: Lisanne Koomen PDF

The use of satellite data to measure socio-economic outcomes

STIAS, Stellenbosch 9 May 2017
April 30, 2018 By: Thomas Ferreira PDF

South African employment trends: how reliable are the different data sources?

STIAS, Stellenbosch 2 May 2017
April 30, 2018 By: Rulof Burger, Derek Yu, Neil Rankin PDF

Focused antenatal care and low birth-weight deliveries in Malawi

STIAS, Stellenbosch 25 April 2017
April 30, 2018 By: Martina Mchenga PDF

Who makes it into PISA? Understanding the impact of PISA sample eligibility using Turkey as a case study (PISA 2003 – PISA 2012)

STIAS, Stellenbosch 18 April 2017
April 30, 2018 By: Nic Spaull PDF

Using Remote Sensing Data to Estimate the Effects of Land Reform in Developing Countries: Evidence from Zimbabwe

STIAS, Stellenbosch 4 April 2017
April 30, 2018 By: Tawanda Chingozha PDF

A public expenditure review of school education in Namibia

STIAS, Stellenbosch 28 March 2017
April 30, 2018 By: Servaas van der Berg PDF

An Econometric Method for Estimating Population Parameters from Non-Random Samples: An Application to Multi-Drug Resistant Tuberculosis Testing Data

STIAS, Stellenbosch 14 March 2017
April 30, 2018 By: Rulof Burger PDF

Non-profit accountability in a disconnected and divided South Africa

STIAS, Stellenbosch 28 February 2017
April 30, 2018 By: Ronelle Burger PDF

It’s only a cough: exploring the health-seeking behaviour of persons who cough for more than two weeks

STIAS, Stellenbosch 21 February 2017
April 30, 2018 By: Carmen Sue Christian, Christian Lopes PDF

The effect of plan-making prompts on job search and employment: Evidence from a South African randomised control trial

STIAS, Stellenbosch 14 February 2017
April 30, 2018 By: Rulof Burger PDF

The short- and medium-term impacts of the Roving Caregivers Programme in St Lucia on early childhood cognitive and non-cognitive outcomes

STIAS, Stellenbosch 7 February 2017
April 30, 2018 By: Debra Shepherd PDF

Unequal households, unequal schools, and the consequences for education outcomes

STIAS, Stellenbosch 31 January 2017
April 30, 2018 By: Lewis McLean PDF

How context matters: hierarchical, patronage and horizontal governance of basic education in the Western and Eastern Cape

STIAS, Stellenbosch 24 January 2017
April 30, 2018 By: Brian Levy PDF

The relationship between hospital accreditation scores and health outcomes

STIAS, Stellenbosch 2 December 2016
April 30, 2018 By: Chloé van Biljon PDF

Economic Evaluation in a clinical trial to reduce transmission of MDR-TB in paediatric patients in South Africa (TB Champs): proposed approach and identified challenges

STIAS, Stellenbosch 1 November 2016
April 30, 2018 By: Martina Mchenga, Ronelle Burger, Tanja Kastien, Tommy Wilkonson PDF

Home background and educational outcomes: An analysis using NIDS

STIAS, Stellenbosch 25 October 2016
April 30, 2018 By: Heleen Hofmeyr PDF

Estimating the wage returns to experience and tenure for South African workers

STIAS, Stellenbosch 18 October 2016
April 30, 2018 By: Kholekile Malindi PDF

Instructional leadership in South African schools: Educators’ perceptions

STIAS, Stellenbosch 4 October 2016
April 30, 2018 By: Dumisani Hompashe PDF

Political culture and participation in South Africa: The role of socio-economic factors

STIAS, Stellenbosch 27 September 2016
April 30, 2018 By: Marisa von Fintel, George Ott PDF

Cooperation, transaction cost and heterogeneous saving-consumption response: Evidence from a natural experiment

STIAS, Stellenbosch 13 September 2016
April 30, 2018 By: Dambala Gelo PDF

From Matric into and through university: Higher Education access and outcomes in South Africa

STIAS, Stellenbosch 16 September 2016
April 30, 2018 By: Hendrik van Broekhuizen PDF

Negative household events and depressive symptoms: Evidence from an unequal developing country

STIAS, Stellenbosch 30 August 2016
April 30, 2018 By: Marisa von Fintel, Ronelle Burger, Dori Posel PDF

Reference Letters and Youth Unemployment: Evidence from a Randomised Control Trial

STIAS, Stellenbosch 23 August 2016
April 30, 2018 By: Rulof Burger PDF

Gender-specific costs and benefits to internal migration: a spatially filtered zero-inflated gravity model

STIAS, Stellenbosch 16 August 2016

Assessing mental health and disorder in cultural context: some

STIAS, Stellenbosch 2 August 2016
April 30, 2018 By: Leslie Swartz PDF

Access to the counselling & testing services: comparing non-governmental community based and public Primary Healthcare services in South Africa

STIAS, Stellenbosch 26 July 2016
April 30, 2018 By: Laura Rossouw PDF

Interrogating the paradox of performance in the WCED: Provincial and regional comparisons of student learning

STIAS, Stellenbosch 5 July 2016
April 30, 2018 By: Debra Shepherd, Gabrielle Wills, Janeli Kotze PDF

Focused antenatal care in Malawi: How did the policy affect antenatal care utilization among pregnant women

STIAS, Stellenbosch 21 June 2016
April 30, 2018 By: Martina Mchenga PDF

The Prevalence of Cheating in National Standardised Assessments in South African Schools / Applying the Jacob and Levitt (2003) method to the Annual National Assessments of 2013

STIAS, Stellenbosch 14 June 2016
April 30, 2018 By: Lauren Ross PDF

The curious incident of a positive health shock: measuring the impact of ARV rollout on health improvements in South Africa, 2006 – 2012”

STIAS, Stellenbosch 7 June 2016
April 30, 2018 By: Cobus Burger PDF

Can we Measure changes in Social Welfare from Outer Space? Nightlights luminosity vs Surface Reflectance Data

STIAS, Stellenbosch 31 May 2016
April 30, 2018 By: Thomas Ferreira PDF

Impact of New Molecular Diagnostic Tests for TB

STIAS, Stellenbosch 17 May 2016
April 30, 2018 By: Pren Naidoo, Rory Dunbar PDF

The effect of neighbourhoods and school quality on education performance and wages in South Africa

STIAS, Stellenbosch 10 May 2016
April 30, 2018 By: Asmus Zoch PDF

Health-related quality of life and its association with medication adherence in tuberculosis – an integrative patient-centred outcomes approach

STIAS, Stellenbosch 3 May 2016
April 30, 2018 By: Tanja Katien-Hilka PDF

Understanding the GBV in SDG 5: what is GBV and why is it so important to address?

STIAS, Stellenbosch 12 March 2016
April 30, 2018 By: Dr E le Roux PDF

Minimum wages in a tradable sector: are small firms more vulnerable?

STIAS, Stellenbosch 5 April 2016
April 30, 2018 By: Marlies Rothkegel PDF

Evaluating the benefits of a dialogic shared reading intervention as a way of improving early child development and contributing to the Sustainable Development Goals

STIAS, Stellenbosch 29 March 2016
April 30, 2018 By: Mark Tomlinson PDF

School functionality: Finding Ways to Make Schools Work & The wage path of South African men under labour market uncertainty and employer learning

STIAS, Stellenbosch 15 March 2016
April 30, 2018 By: Kholekile Malindi, Keorapetse Mogorosi PDF

The rise and fall of mortality inequality in South Africa in the HIV era

Haal, K., Smith, A. and van Doorslaer, E., 2018. The rise and fall of mortality inequality in South Africa in the HIV era. SSM-population health, 5, pp.239-248.
April 29, 2018 By: Anja Smith, Karel Haal, Eddy van Doorslaer PDF

Human resources for health planning and National Health Insurance: the urgency and the opportunity

Smith, A., Ranchod, S., Strugnell, D. and Wishnia, J., 2018. Human resources for health planning and National Health Insurance: the urgency and the opportunity. South African…
April 29, 2018 By: Anja Smith, Shivani Ranchod, Dave Strugnell, Jodi Wishnia PDF

TB case finding in South Africa

STIAS, Stellenbosch 8 March 2016
April 25, 2018 By: Mareli Claassens PDF

Using mystery patients to measure quality of healthcare in the Western Cape

STIAS, Stellenbosch 16 February 2016
April 25, 2018 By: Anja Smith, Ronelle Burger PDF

The Big Push Toward Universal Health Coverage: Metrics, Data, and Impact

STIAS, Stellenbosch 9 February 2016
April 25, 2018 By: Adam Wagstaff PDF

It depends which side you are on: understanding the role that language in education plays in Grade 4 reading performance using a “natural experiment” of Botswana and South Africa

STIAS, Stellenbosch 2 February 2016
April 25, 2018 By: Debra Shepherd PDF

Developing and testing interventions to improve maternal and neonatal health outcomes: initial results from the Thula Baba Box experiment

STIAS, Stellenbosch 26 January 2016
April 25, 2018 By: Laura Rossouw PDF

Provincial administrations, post provisioning and small school questions

STIAS, Stellenbosch 19 January 2016
April 25, 2018 By: Martin Gustafsson PDF

Distribution application of student funding

STIAS, Stellenbosch 12 January 2016
April 25, 2018 By: Servaas van der Berg PDF

Significant others: The effects of cash transfers on reciprocal relations in Ghana

STIAS, Stellenbosch 8 December 2015
April 25, 2018 By: Ramlatu Attah PDF

Multidimensional poverty in South Africa between 2008 and 2012

STIAS, Stellenbosch 24 November 2015
April 25, 2018 By: Marisa von Fintel PDF

Multidimensional transfer trouble: an overview

STIAS, Stellenbosch 17 November 2015
April 25, 2018 By: Erwin Ooghe PDF

“Do Education and Income Really Explain Inequalities in Health? Applying a Twin Design”

STIAS, Stellenbosch 3 November 2015
April 25, 2018 By: Ulf Gerdtham PDF

Spatial location and education outcome in Cape Town – a cohort analysis

STIAS, Stellenbosch 27 October 2015
April 25, 2018 By: Asmus Zoch PDF

Education Intervention: Estimating the Effectiveness of Ikamva Youth

STIAS, Stellenbosch 20 October 2015
April 25, 2018 By: Lewis McLean PDF

Affirmative action policies and the South African racial wage gap

STIAS, Stellenbosch 13 October 2015
April 25, 2018 By: Dieter von Fintel PDF

The Demand for Reproductive Health Care

STIAS, Stellenbosch 6 October 2015
April 25, 2018 By: Steven Koch PDF

Does insurance affect health care utilisation if the health system is polarised? Evidence from a South African marginal treatment effect analysis

STIAS, Stellenbosch 29 September 2015
April 25, 2018 By: Rulof Burger PDF

Exploring Public Spending on Education Patterns: What Does the Contemporary Literature Tell Us about the Role of Macroeconomic Factors

STIAS, Stellenbosch 22 September 2015
April 25, 2018 By: Mark Millin PDF

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

STIAS, Stellenbosch 15 September 2015
April 25, 2018 By: Dieter von Fintel PDF

An analysis of learner performance using the Western Cape CEMIS data

STIAS, Stellenbosch 25 August 2015
April 25, 2018 By: Marisa von Fintel PDF

Measuring financial vulnerability amongst NGOs: An empirical study of Ugandan organisations

STIAS, Stellenbosch 11 August 2015
April 25, 2018 By: Berta Silva PDF

A comparable yardstick: Adjusting for vulnerability bias in self-reported user satisfaction scores for health facility visits

STIAS, Stellenbosch 4 August 2015
April 25, 2018 By: Laura Rossouw PDF

Not worth the paper it’s written on: Self-reported information and the pursuit of improved governance and accountability

STIAS, Stellenbosch 28 July 2015
April 25, 2018 By: Ronelle Burger PDF

A Profile of the Labour Market for School Principals in South Africa: Evidence to Inform Policy

April 25, 2018 By: PDF

The effects of short vs long term unemployment on subjective well-being in South Africa – De Waal I feel good! The relationship between emotional well-being and health for poor individuals in South Africa

STIAS, Stellenbosch 23 June 2015
April 25, 2018 By: Ingrid de Waal, Carmen Sue & Christian Lopes PDF

Getting a Job: A study of South African Graduate Job Search Strategies

STIAS, Stellenbosch 2 June 2015
April 25, 2018 By: Janet Simpson PDF

Month of birth and later outcomes: Evidence from South Africa

STIAS, Stellenbosch 26 May 2015
April 25, 2018 By: Cally Ardington PDF

Estimating true multi-drug resistant tuberculosis prevalence rates: new results from a simulated maximum likelihood estimator

STIAS, Stellenbosch 19 May 2015
April 25, 2018 By: Rulof Burger PDF

Measuring economic mobility in Namibia using repeated cross-sections

STIAS, Stellenbosch 12 May 2015
April 25, 2018 By: Thomas Ferreira PDF

Agricultural minimum wages: an update after the 2012 farmworker strikes

STIAS, Stellenbosch 5 May 2015
April 25, 2018 By: Dieter von Fintel, Christopher Garbers, Louw Pienaar PDF

Which factors drive the location of microfinance institutions? Evidence from Peru

STIAS, Stellenbosch 21 April 2015
April 25, 2018 By: Annabel Vanroose PDF

The effect of neighbourhood on wage and school outcomes where it matters

STIAS, Stellenbosch 14 April 2015
April 25, 2018 By: Asmus Zoch PDF

The impact of language on learning in primary schools: some preliminary results

STIAS, Stellenbosch 31 March 2015
April 25, 2018 By: Marisa von Fintel, Nic Spaull PDF

Ramadan Induced School Holidays as a Natural Experiment: Impacts of Seasonality on School Enrollment Rates in Bangladesh

STIAS, Stellenbosch 24 March 2015
April 25, 2018 By: Seiro Ito PDF

Labour law and the economy: Views from the other side of Ryneveld Street

STIAS, Stellenbosch 17 March 2015
April 25, 2018 By: Christopher Garbers PDF

The impact of the agricultural minimum wage on farmworker employment in South Africa: A fixed effects approach.

STIAS, Stellenbosch 10 March 2015
April 25, 2018 By: Christopher Garbers PDF

Teacher graduate production in South Africa: Insights from HEMIS

STIAS, Stellenbosch 3 March 2015
April 25, 2018 By: Hendrik van Broekhuizen PDF

Examining the impact of insurance on health care utilisation and provider choice using a natural experiment in South Africa

STIAS, Stellenbosch 24 February 2015

How to stimulate single mothers on welfare to find a job; evidence from a natural experiment

STIAS, Stellenbosch 17 February 2015
April 25, 2018 By: Jan van Ours PDF

I did not know I was pregnant: late access to antenatal care in metropolitan Cape Town

STIAS, Stellenbosch 12 May 2015
April 25, 2018 By: Anja Smith PDF

Small-scale farming and hunger: the enabling role of social assistance programmes in South Africa’s former homelands

STIAS, Stellenbosch 3 February 2015
April 25, 2018 By: Dieter von Fintel, Louw Pienaar PDF

Discrimination in the Informal Sector: Evidence from Online Labor Markets in South Africa

STIAS, Stellenbosch 27 January 2015
April 25, 2018 By: Martin Able PDF

The Thula Baba Box Project: Evaluating the impact of health resources and community health worker support on antenatal behaviour and health knowledge

STIAS, Stellenbosch 9 December 2014
April 25, 2018 By: Laura Rossouw PDF

Access to public health care in South Africa

STIAS, Stellenbosch 2 December 2014
April 25, 2018 By: Carmen Sue Christian, Carmen Sue, Christian Lopes PDF

South Africa’s changing space economy and migration patterns: Implications for the new National Spatial Framework

STIAS, Stellenbosch 25 November 2014
April 25, 2018 By: Cruise PDF

Education, Skills and Inequality in the Labor Market

STIAS, Stellenbosch 18 November 2014
April 25, 2018 By: Edin Per-Anders PDF

Quantifying educational inequality: an application of Finite Mixture Modeling using TIMSS 2011 / Janet Graaff: Governance of South African No-Fee Schools: preliminary insights to be gained from qualitative and quantitative analysis

STIAS, Stellenbosch 13 November 2014
April 25, 2018 By: Debra Shepherd, Nic Spaull, Janet Graaff PDF

Motherhood and Female Labour Force Participation: new evidence on Agüero and Marks

STIAS, Stellenbosch 4 November 2014
April 25, 2018 By: Wicus PDF

Poverty and place in South Africa between 2001 and 2011

STIAS, Stellenbosch 21 October 2014
April 25, 2018 By: Eldridge Moses PDF

A socio-economic analysis of the determinants of settler fertility: New evidence from South Africa, 1700-1910

STIAS, Stellenbosch 30 September 2014
April 25, 2018 By: Jeanne Cilliers PDF

Teacher qualification outputs at South African Universities

STIAS, Stellenbosch 23 September 2014
April 25, 2018 By: Hendrik van Broekhuizen PDF

Incentives for qualified teachers in Namibia’s remote schools

STIAS, Stellenbosch 2 September 2014
April 25, 2018 By: Servaas van der Berg PDF

Convenience samples, front-row forwards and the puzzle of English military recruits in the Anglo-Boer War

STIAS, Stellenbosch 26 August 2014
April 25, 2018 By: Johan Fourie PDF

Assessing lack of common support in causal inference using Bayesian Nonparametric: application for the effect of attending a historically advantaged school

STIAS, Stellenbosch 19 August 2014
April 25, 2018 By: Debra Shepherd PDF

Understanding, measuring and exploring unpaid care work

STIAS, Stellenbosch 12 August 2014
April 25, 2018 By: Debbie Budlender PDF

South Africa’s Principal Labour Market: Principal Transitions and their Effects on Secondary School Outcomes

STIAS, Stellenbosch 29 July 2014
April 25, 2018 By: Gabrielle Wills PDF

Spatial comparisons of multidimensional poverty and inequality in Malawi

STIAS, Stellenbosch 22 July 2014
April 25, 2018 By: Anderson Gondwe PDF

The impact of teacher characteristics on student performance: an analysis using hierarchical linear modelling

STIAS, Stellenbosch 17 June 2014
April 25, 2018 By: Paula Armstrong PDF

Returns to education in agricultural productivity in Malawi – An instrumental variable approach

STIAS, Stellenbosch 10 June 2014
April 25, 2018 By: Thomas Ferreira PDF

Testing Numeric: Evidence from a randomized controlled trial of a computer based mathematics intervention in Cape Town High Schools

STIAS, Stellenbosch 3 June 2014
April 25, 2018 By: Bianca Bohmer PDF

Jobs come and Go, but the Family will always be there

STIAS, Stellenbosch 27 May 2014
April 25, 2018 By: Alessio Gaggero PDF

Have workers been winners or losers since the end of apartheid?

STIAS, Stellenbosch 20 May 2014
April 25, 2018 By: Jeremy Seekings PDF

Economic mobility and measurement error in South Africa

STIAS, Stellenbosch 6 May 2014
April 25, 2018 By: Rulof Burger PDF

Earnings volatility in South Africa

STIAS, Stellenbosch 22 April 2014
April 25, 2018 By: Vimal Ranchhod PDF

Health perceptions in South Africa: testing for racial reporting heterogeneity in self-assessed health measures

STIAS, Stellenbosch 15 April 2014
April 25, 2018 By: Laura Rossouw PDF

Measuring Lived Poverty in South Africa

STIAS, Stellenbosch 8 April 2014
April 25, 2018 By: Robert Mattes PDF

Explaining employment trends through job creation and job destruction

STIAS, Stellenbosch 25 March 2014
April 25, 2018 By: Cobus Burger PDF

HIV-related discrimination among Grade Six pupils in nine Southern African countries

STIAS, Stellenbosch 18 March 2014
April 25, 2018 By: Nic Spaull PDF

How binding are family bonds? Estimating models of intra-household bargaining for South Africa

STIAS, Stellenbosch 11 March 2014
April 25, 2018 By: Rulof Burger PDF

An Internationally Comparable Measure of SES

STIAS, Stellenbosch 4 March 2014
April 25, 2018 By: Janeli Viljoen PDF

Learning what mattes: a boosted regression tree approach to school production modelling

STIAS, Stelelnbosch 25 February 2014
April 25, 2018 By: Debra Shepherd PDF

Regional Perspectives of Multidimensional Poverty

STIAS, Stellenbosch 18 February 2014
April 25, 2018 By: Atika Pasha PDF

Subsistence Agriculture and Education in Malawi: Preliminary findings

STIAS, Stellenbosch 11 February 2014
April 25, 2018 By: Thomas Ferreira PDF

Rising inequalities in income and health in China: Who is left behind?

STIAS, Stellenbosch 28 January 2014
April 25, 2018 By: Eddy van Doorslaer PDF

PSPPD (Programme to Support Pro-poor Policy Development) Workshop

STIAS, Stellenbosch 21 November 2016
April 16, 2018 By: RESEP 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

Who makes it into PISA? Understanding the impact of sample eligibility using Turkey as a case study (PISA 2003- PISA 2012)

Spaull, N. (2017) Who makes it into PISA? Understanding the impact of sample eligibility using Turkey as a case study (PISA 2003- PISA 2012). OECD…
March 13, 2018 By: Nic Spaull PDF

RISE-RESEP Workshop

RESEP hosted researchers from Research on Improving Systems of Education (RISE) for the Africa RISE–RESEP Conference on Education Research at Stellenbosch University. Over the two day conference,…
March 1, 2018 By: RESEP Team PDF

Investigating the Comprehension Iceberg: Developing empirical benchmarks for early grade reading in agglutinating African languages

RESEP Working Paper Series No.WP01/2018
RESEP Working Paper Series No.WP01/2018 Publication date: February 2018 Abstract: The importance of learning to read in mother-tongue is widely acknowledged in the linguistics literature yet…
February 22, 2018 By: PDF

Leading for literacy: A review of the research

Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No.WP03/2018
Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No.WP03/2018 Publication date: December 2018 Abstract: A significant body of literature converges on the notion that school leadership and management practices…
February 7, 2018 By: Ursula Hoadley PDF

RESEP Postdoctoral Fellowship Opportunity

Research on development issues in an African context. Analysis of household data sets, with a particular focus on poverty and labour market outcomes.
November 23, 2017 By: Servaas van der Berg, RESEP PDF

RESEP report on flows from matric to, and through, university enriching debate around student fees

Recent research looking at “higher education access and outcomes for the 2008 national matric cohort”, by Hendrik van Broekhuizen, Servaas van der Berg and Heleen…
November 6, 2017 By: RESEP PDF

A review of the research literature on teaching and learning in the foundation phase in South Africa

Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP05.2016
Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP05.2016 Abstract: This document reports the findings of a review of research on teaching and learning at the Foundation Phase…
October 18, 2017 By: Ursula Hoadley PDF

An Analysis of the Grade 3 Department of Basic Education workbooks as curriculum tools

Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP06.2016
Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP06.2016 Abstract: Since 2011 the Department of Basic Education (DBE), has provided all Grade 1 to 6 learners in public…
October 18, 2017 By: Ursula Hoadley, Jaamia Galant PDF

Language and Grade 4 reading literacy achievement in prePIRLS 2011

Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP07.2016
Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP07.2016 Abstract: The aim of this paper is to illustrate South African Grade 4 learner reading literacy achievement by utilising…
October 18, 2017 By: Surette van Staden PDF

Governance in the Poorer Public Schools in South Africa from the Perspective of the Parent Governor

Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP08.2016
Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP08.2016 Abstract: Elected parent governors constitute the majority on the school governing bodies in South Africa’s public schools, yet their…
October 18, 2017 By: Janet Graaff PDF

Issues in South African Social Security

Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP01/2002
Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP01/2002 Abstract: This paper, originally written at the time of the political transition, provides an overview of social security issues…
October 17, 2017 By: Servaas van der Berg PDF

Earnings functions, labour market discrimination and quality of education in South Africa

Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP02/2002
Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP02/2002 Abstract: Education is a key determinant of earnings, as several South African studies have confirmed. Years of schooling completed,…
October 17, 2017 By: Doubell Chamberlain PDF

Changing Patterns of South African income distribution: Towards time series estimates of distribution and poverty

Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP02/2003
Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP02/2003 Abstract: Research on income distribution in South Africa has, for obvious reasons, focused on inter-racial (inter-group) income distribution. Quite…
October 17, 2017 By: Servaas van der Berg, Megan Louw PDF

Household Formation, Poverty and Unemployment – The Case of Rural Households in South Africa

Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP01/2004
Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP01/2004 Abstract: The paper examines household formation and composition decisions within the context of risk reduction and risk mitigation strategies…
October 17, 2017 By: Sonja Keller PDF

A Multidimensional Analysis of Poverty in the Eastern Cape Province, South Africa

Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP03/2004
Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP03/2004 Abstract: This paper sets out the reasoning behind the fuzzy set approach to poverty measurement as a means to…
October 17, 2017 By: Sarel J van der Walt 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

Returns to Race: Labour Market Discrimination in Post-Apartheid South Africa

Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP04/2006
Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP04/2006 Abstract: This paper empirically assesses the impact of post-1994 policy making on racial discrimination in the South African labour…
October 17, 2017 By: Rulof Burger, Rachel Jafta PDF

How effective are poor schools? Poverty and educational outcomes in South Africa

Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP06/2006
Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP06/2006 Abstract: Massive differentials on achievement tests and examinations reflect South Africa’s divided past. Improving the distribution of educational outcomes…
October 17, 2017 By: Servaas van der Berg 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

Educational attainment and intergenerational social mobility in South Africa

Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP09/2006
Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP09/2006 Abstract: To a large degree, the notoriously high levels of income inequality in South Africa have their roots in…
October 17, 2017 By: Servaas van der Berg, Megan Louw, Derek Yu PDF

Wage trends in post-apartheid South Africa: Constructing an earnings series from household survey data

Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP10/2006
Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP10/2006 Abstract: This paper examines South African wage earnings trends using all the available post-1994 household survey datasets. This allows…
October 17, 2017 By: Rulof Burger, Derek Yu PDF

The South African poor white problem in the early 20th century: Lessons for poverty today

Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP14/2006
Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP14/2006 Abstract: The causes of the poor white problem, first noted at a Dutch Reformed Church Synod in 1886, were…
October 17, 2017 By: Johan Fourie PDF

Using the hierarchical linear model to understand school production in South Africa

Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP01/2007
Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP01/2007 Abstract: The emphasis placed in the existing South African school production function literature on better skilled teachers and better…
October 17, 2017 By: Martin Gustafsson PDF

Consumption patterns and the black middle class: The role of assets

Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP02/2007
Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP02/2007 Abstract: Black consumption patterns differ from those of whites, even when considering income levels and household size. This applies…
October 17, 2017 By: Servaas van der Berg, Sihaam Nieftagodien PDF

Poverty and inequality effects of a high growth scenario in South Africa: A dynamic microsimulation CGE analysis

Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP04/2007
Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP04/2007 Abstract: The debate about the consequences of economic growth on poverty and welfare was recently rekindled in South Africa…
October 17, 2017 By: Ramos Mabugu, Margaret Chitiga PDF

The changing face of public funding of higher education, with special reference to South Africa

Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP05/2007
Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP05/2007 Abstract: Higher education displays characteristics of both private and public goods and there is a trend worldwide to expect…
October 17, 2017 By: Pierre de Villiers, Gert Steyn PDF

Post-transition poverty trends based on an alternative data source

Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP08/2007
Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP08/2007 Abstract: This paper analyses a previously unused source of data – the All Media and Product Survey (AMPS) –…
October 17, 2017 By: Servaas van der Berg, Megan Louw, Derek Yu 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

Lessons learnt from SACMEQII: South African student performance in regional context

Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP16/2007
Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP16/2007 Abstract: In regional context, South African students benefit from above average levels of public and private education resources. However,…
October 17, 2017 By: Servaas van der Berg, Megan Louw PDF

The comparability of the Statistics South Africa October Household Surveys and Labour Force Surveys

Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP17/2007
Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP17/2007 Abstract: Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) has been collecting labour market data with household surveys and in a fairly…
October 17, 2017 By: Cobus Burger, Derek Yu PDF

The South African informal sector (1997 – 2006)

Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP03/2008
Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP03/2008 Abstract: According to the 2006 September Labour Force Survey, approximately 22% of the employed (excluding domestic workers and agricultural…
October 17, 2017 By: Hassan Essop, Derek Yu PDF

Poverty in South Africa: A profile based on recent household surveys

Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP04/2008
Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP04/2008 Abstract: This paper provides a non-technical, snapshot-like profile of poverty in South Africa based on two surveys recently conducted…
October 17, 2017 By: Paula Armstrong, Bongisa Lekezwa and Krige Siebrits PDF

The South African labour market: 1995 – 2006

Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP05/2008
Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP05/2008 Abstract: Given the importance of the labour market to economic activity in any country, it is important to correctly…
October 17, 2017 By: Derek Yu PDF

Post-Apartheid Trends in Gender Discrimination in South Africa: Analysis through Decomposition Techniques

Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP06/2008
Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP06/2008 Abstract: Using appropriate econometric methods and 11 representative household surveys, this paper empirically assesses the extent and evolution of…
October 17, 2017 By: Debra Shepherd PDF

The comparability of Income and Expenditure Surveys 1995, 2000 and 2005/2006

Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP11/2008
Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP11/2008 Abstract: The Income and Expenditure Survey (IES) conducted by Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) between September 2005 and August…
October 17, 2017 By: Derek Yu PDF

How invariant is South African child poverty to the choice of equivalence scale or poverty measure?

Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP13/2008
Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP13/2008 Abstract: This paper offers evidence on the sensitivity of child poverty in South Africa to changes in the Adult…
October 17, 2017 By: Servaas van der Berg, Judith Streak, Derek Yu PDF

What we can learn from a comparison of the schooling systems of South Africa and Argentina

Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP17/2008
Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP17/2008 Abstract: An existing accounting framework to describe an education system is elaborated and used as a framework for understanding…
October 17, 2017 By: Martin Gustafsson, Alejandro Morduchowicz PDF

Sample selection bias and the South African wage function

Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP18/2008
Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP18/2008 Abstract: Conventional wage analyses suffers from a debilitating ailment: since there are no observable market wages for individuals who…
October 17, 2017 By: Cobus Burger PDF

Alternative definitions of informal sector employment in South Africa

Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP21/2008 Abstract: Before the introduction of the Quarterly Labour Force Survey (QLFS) in 2008, Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) has…
October 17, 2017 By: PDF

Effect of changes in state funding of higher education on higher education output in South Africa: 1986-2007

Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP24/2008
Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP24/2008 Abstract: During the last two decades state funding of higher education in South Africa has decreased substantially (especially if…
October 17, 2017 By: Pierre de Villiers, Gert Steyn PDF

The importance of socio-economic status in determining educational achievement in South Africa

Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP01/2009
Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP01/2009 Abstract: The needs to find ways of lifting people out of poverty and to transform the existing patterns of…
October 17, 2017 By: Stephen Taylor, Derek Yu PDF

Teacher pay in South Africa: How attractive is the teaching profession?

Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP04/2009
Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP04/2009 Abstract: Educational quality is a challenged facing the South African schooling system. It is widely acknowledged that teachers play…
October 17, 2017 By: Paula Armstrong PDF

The impact of teacher characteristics on student performance: An analysis using hierarchical linear modelling

Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP07/2009
Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP07/2009 Abstract: More than a decade after South Africa’s transition from apartheid, the racially delineated picture of education in the…
October 17, 2017 By: Paula Armstrong PDF

The comparability of Labour Force Survey (LFS) and Quarterly Labour Force Survey (QLFS)

Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP08/2009
Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP08/2009 Abstract: Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) has been collecting labour market data since 1993 with the October Household Survey…
October 17, 2017 By: Derek Yu PDF

Fiscal incidence of social spending in South Africa, 2006

Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP10/2009
Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP10/2009 Abstract: Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) has been collecting labour market data since 1993 with the October Household Survey…
October 17, 2017 By: Servaas van der Berg PDF

The fiscal incidence of provision of free basic water

Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP11/2009
Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP11/2009 Abstract: A policy of free basic services (water, sanitation and electricity) was introduced by the government in 2000 to…
October 17, 2017 By: Cobus Burger, Eldridge Moses, Servaas van der Berg, Ada Jansen, Hassan Essop PDF

Main Findings on Free Basic Services from National Treasury Fiscal Incidence Report

Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP14/2009
Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP14/2009 Abstract: This study analyses the extent to which the poor benefit from Free Basic Services (FBS), which include free…
October 17, 2017 By: Eldridge Moses, Hassan Essop PDF

Poverty, Inequality and the Role of Social Grants: An Analysis using Decomposition Techniques

Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP15/2009
Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP15/2009 Abstract: Despite South Africa’s transition from apartheid in 1994, the social landscape is still fragmented along racial lines. However,…
October 17, 2017 By: Cobus Burger, Paula Armstrong PDF

Poverty trends since the transition: What we know

Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP19/2009
Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP19/2009 Abstract: Using alternative data sources on income and poverty with a shorter time lag makes it possible to discern…
October 17, 2017 By: Servaas van der Berg, Megan Louw, Leon du Toit PDF

The comparability of Census 1996, Census 2001 and Community Survey 2007

Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP21/2009
Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP21/2009 Abstract: Census 1996 and Census 2001 are the only all-inclusive censuses conducted by Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) under…
October 17, 2017 By: Derek Yu 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

Measuring the impact of social cash transfers on poverty and inequality in Namibia

Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP25/2009
Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP25/2009 Abstract: This paper reviews the system for social cash transfers in Namibia, a middle-income country with a long experience…
October 17, 2017 By: Servaas van der Berg, Sebastian Levine, Derek Yu PDF

Managing the teacher pay system: What the local and international data are telling us

Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP26/2009
Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP26/2009 Abstract: A review of a few input-output models indicates the importance of teacher ability, which may be independent of…
October 17, 2017 By: Martin Gustafsson, Firoz Patel 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

Signalling performance: Continuous assessment and matriculation examination marks in South African schools

Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP28/2010
Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP28/2010 Abstract: Economists regard information and feedback as important ways for self-correction in a system. This study analyses one aspect…

Poverty and inequality trends in South Africa using different survey data

Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP04/2010
Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP04/2010 Abstract: There is an abundance of literature adopting the monetary approach (i.e., using per capita income or expenditure variables)…
October 17, 2017 By: Derek Yu PDF

Policy note on pre-primary schooling: An empirical contribution to the 2009 Medium Term Strategic Framework

Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP05/2010
Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP05/2010 Abstract: Various data analysis approaches are used to gauge recent pre-primary enrolment trends in South Africa and the level…
October 17, 2017 By: Martin Gustafsson PDF

South Africa’s economics of education: A stocktaking and an agenda for the way forward

Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP06/2010
Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP06/2010 Abstract: The paper reviews some of the existing economics of education literature from the perspective of South Africa’s education…
October 17, 2017 By: Martin Gustafsson, Thabo Mabogoane PDF

Defining and measuring informal employment in South Africa: A review of recent approaches

Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP09/2010
Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP09/2010 Abstract: This paper reviews the Stats SA methodologies to measure informal employment before and after the introduction of the…
October 17, 2017 By: Derek Yu 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

The costs of illiteracy in South Africa

Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP14/2010
Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP14/2010 Abstract: In South Africa, there has been a surge in publicly funded adult literacy education in recent years. There…

Efficiency and equity effects of social grants in South Africa

Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP15/2010
Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP15/2010 Abstract: This paper discusses the nature and effects of social grants programmes in South Africa against the backdrop of…
October 17, 2017 By: Servaas van der Berg, Krige Siebrits, Bongisa Lekezwa PDF

Human Resource Inputs and Educational Outcomes in Botswana’s Schools: Evidence from SACMEQ and TIMMS

Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP16/2010
Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP16/2010 Abstract: This study explores the important relationship between policy variables that represent a school’s human resources and product variables…
October 17, 2017 By: Tia Linda Zuze PDF

Social assistance reform during a period of fiscal stress

Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP17/2010
Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP17/2010 Abstract: This paper reflects on the current state and likely future of the South African social assistance system, focusing…
October 16, 2017 By: Servaas van der Berg, Krige Siebrits PDF

Identifying Binding Constraints in Education

Synthesis Report for the Programme to Support Pro-Poor Policy Development (PSPPD) This research report provides an overview of a large research project undertaken by a…

Current poverty and income distribution in the context of South African history

Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP22/2010
Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP22/2010 Abstract: This paper describes and analyses current poverty and income distribution in South Africa, with a central concern the…
October 16, 2017 By: Servaas van der Berg PDF

When the remedy is worse than the disease: Adjusting survey income data for price differentials, with special reference to Mozambique

Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP24/2010
Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP24/2010 Abstract: In using survey data for money metric analysis of poverty and well-being, it is customary to adjust either…
October 16, 2017 By: Servaas van der Berg, Carlos Maia PDF

Teacher pay in South Africa

Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP26/2010
Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP26/2010 Abstract: The role of teachers in achieving good quality education is universally acknowledged. What is less clear is what…

Constraints to school effectiveness: what prevents poor schools from delivering results?

Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP05/2011
Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP05/2011 Abstract: The poor state of quality education in South Africa is confirmed by the weak performance of South African…
October 16, 2017 By: Debra Shepherd PDF

Quantitative and qualitative aspects of education in South Africa: An analysis using the National Income Dynamic Study

Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP06/2011
Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP06/2011 Abstract: Based on a graphical and statistical analysis of the National Income Dynamic Study (NIDS), this paper provides a…
October 16, 2017 By: Mia de Vos PDF

Quality of education and the labour market: A conceptual and literature overview

Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP07/2011
Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP07/2011 Abstract: In South Africa earnings inequality between races still persists despite the convergence of educational attainment between races. There…
October 16, 2017 By: Eldridge Moses PDF

The performance of South African schools: Implications for economic development

Ph.D. Thesis (2010)
Abstract: At the time of South Africa‟s transition to democracy the school system was envisaged to be a powerful vehicle for nation-building and transformation. The…
October 16, 2017 By: Servaas van der Berg, Stephen Taylor PDF

Modelling cognitive skills, ability and school quality to explain labour market earnings differentials

Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP08/2011
Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP08/2011 Abstract: Attempts to explain wage differences between race groups in South Africa are constrained by the fact that quality…

The when and how of leaving school: The policy implications of new evidence on secondary schooling in South Africa

Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP09/2011
Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP09/2011 Abstract: South African and international household and education datasets are analysed to characterise patterns of dropping out, grade repetition,…
October 16, 2017 By: Martin Gustafsson PDF

Uncovering indicators of effective school management in South Africa using the National School Effectiveness Study

Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP10/2011 Abstract: For many poor South African children, who are predominantly located in the historically disadvantaged part of the school…
October 16, 2017 By: Stephen Taylor PDF

A Preliminary Analysis of SACMEQ III South Africa

Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP11/2011
Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP11/2011 Abstract: The many and varied links between student socio-economic status and educational outcomes have been well documented in the…
October 16, 2017 By: Nic Spaull 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

Using household surveys for deriving labour market, poverty and inequality trends in South Africa

Ph.D. Thesis (2012)
Supervisor: Professor Servaas van der Berg Institution: Stellenbosch University, Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences, Department of Economics Abstract: In order to evaluate the extent…
October 16, 2017 By: Derek Yu PDF

How well do South African schools convert grade 8 achievement into matric outcomes?

Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP13/2011
Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP13/2011 Abstract: School retention in South Africa and performance in the major school-leaving matric examination are characterised by significant inequalities…
October 16, 2017 By: Servaas van der Berg PDF

Finding the Benefits: Estimating the Impact of the South African Child Support Grant

Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP16/2011
Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP16/2011 Abstract: The paper estimates the impact of the South African Child Support Grant (CSG) on child health, nutrition and…
October 16, 2017 By: Marisa von Fintel 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

Improving the targeting of zero-rated basic foodstuffs under value added tax (VAT) in South Africa – An exploratory analysis

Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP07/2012
Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP07/2012 Abstract: VAT without any exemptions or zero-rating is regressive. Since the inception of VAT in South Africa, there has…
October 16, 2017 By: Ada Jansen, Elizabeth Stoltz and Derek Yu 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…

More countries, similar results. A nonlinear programming approach to normalising test scores needed for growth regressions

Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP12/2012
Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP12/2012 Abstract: Analysts such as Hanushek and Woessman have brought to the fore the deceptiveness of education enrolments, or years…
October 16, 2017 By: Martin Gustafsson PDF

Poverty & Privilege: Primary School Inequality in South Africa

Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP13/2012
Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP13/2012 Abstract: Although racial segregation has been abolished for 18 years now, schools which served predominantly White students under apartheid…
October 16, 2017 By: Nic Spaull PDF

Trends on the hours worked of the employed, 1997 – 2011

Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP15/2012
Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP15/2012 Abstract: This paper analyses trends in hours worked from South African household survey data for the period 1997 –…
October 16, 2017 By: Derek Yu, Abél Bosch PDF

Youths in the South African labour market since the transition: A study of changes between 1995 and 2011

Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP18/2012
Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP18/2012 Abstract: The persistently high unemployment rate has always been one of the most pressing socio-economic problems of the South…
October 16, 2017 By: Derek Yu PDF

“Effective enrolment” – Creating a composite measure of educational access and educational quality to accurately describe education system performance in sub-Saharan Africa.

Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP21/2012
Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP21/2012 Abstract: In this paper we question the existing practice of reporting enrolment statistics that ignore quality, but also quality-statistics…
October 16, 2017 By: Nic Spaull PDF

Graduate unemployment in South Africa: A much exaggerated problem.

Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP22/2012
Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP22/2012 Abstract: Increasing reference in the media and public discussions to high and rising levels of graduate unemployment in the…
October 16, 2017 By: Servaas van der Berg, Hendrik van Broekhuizen PDF

The gap between school enrolments and population in South Africa: Analysis of the possible explanations.

Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP23/2012
Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP23/2012 Abstract: In South Africa, like in many developing countries, the differences between enrolment totals, estimated by the education authorities,…
October 16, 2017 By: Martin Gustafsson PDF

The effects of rapidly expanding primary school access on effective learning: The case of Southern and Eastern Africa since 2000

Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP01/2013
Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP01/2013 Abstract: Have recent expansions of access to primary schooling in African countries led to deterioration in the quality of…
October 16, 2017 By: Nic Spaull, Stephen Taylor PDF

Some factors influencing the comparability and reliability of poverty estimates across household surveys

Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP03/2013
Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP03/2013 Abstract: In order to evaluate the extent to which a country achieves the objectives of poverty and inequality reduction,…
October 16, 2017 By: Derek Yu PDF

Youth unemployment in South Africa since 2000 revisited

Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP04/2013
Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP04/2013 Abstract: One of the most pressing socio-economic problems of the South African economy is high youth unemployment. Recent studies…
October 16, 2017 By: Derek Yu PDF

Chapters in Books

Chapters in Books
SPAULL NA. Schooling in South Africa: How low-quality education becomes a poverty trap. In: De Lannoy A, Swartz S, Lake L, Smith C (eds.) South…
October 16, 2017 By: PDF

Poverty and inequality estimates of National Income Dynamics Study revisited

Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP05/2013
Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP05/2013 Abstract: The National Income Dynamics Study (NIDS), introduced since 2008, has become an alternative data source for the South…
October 16, 2017 By: Derek Yu PDF

Life chances and class: Estimating inequality of opportunity in South Africa for various life stages

Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP08/2013
Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP08/2013 Abstract: This paper aims to determine the degree to which class and socio-economic background influence a child’s life chances…
October 16, 2017 By: Asmus Zoch PDF

Journal Articles (Non-subsidised)

Journal Articles (Non-subsidised)
CHITIGA M, DECALUWE B, MABUGU ERM, MAISONNAVE H, ROBICHAUD R, SHEPHERD DL, VAN DER BERG S, VON FINTEL D.P. A retrospective look at how well…

The first five years project – a cohort study of students awarded NSFAS loans in the first five years 2000-2004

Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP11/2013
Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP11/2013 This study was commissioned by NSFAS to use available data to arrive at a picture that would reflect the…
October 16, 2017 By: Chris van Wyk, Servaas van der Berg, Pierre de Villiers PDF

Measuring the option value of education

Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP15/2013
Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP15/2013 Abstract: Many recent descriptive studies find convex schooling-earnings profiles in developing countries. In these countries forward-looking students should attach…
October 16, 2017 By: Rulof Burger, Francis Teal 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

A question of efficiency: decomposing South African reading test scores using PIRLS 2006

Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP20/2013
Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP20/2013 Abstract The "bimodal" pattern of performance observed in South Africa illustrates the persistence with which learners of former Black…
October 16, 2017 By: Debra Shepherd PDF

The success of learnerships? Lessons from South Africa’s training and education programme

UNU-WIDER Working Paper Series No. WP2014/068
UNU-WIDER Working Paper Series No. WP2014/068 Abstract: Vocational training programmes, like South Africa’s learnership programme, which combine classroom learning and on-the-job training seem like the…
October 16, 2017 By: Neil Rankin, Gareth Roberts, Volker Schöer 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

Wage subsidies and youth employment in South Africa: Evidence from a randomised control trial

Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP02/2014
Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP02/2014 Publication date: 2014 Abstract: • Youth unemployment in South Africa is high, differs substantially by race group and is…
October 16, 2017 By: James Levinsohn, Neil Rankin, Gareth Roberts, Volker Schöer PDF

The effect of schooling on worker productivity: Evidence from a South African industry panel

Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP04/2014
Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP04/2014 Publication date: 2014 Abstract: Schooling is typically found to be highly correlated with individual earnings in African countries. However,…
October 16, 2017 By: Rulof Burger, Francis Teal 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

Teacher incentives in South Africa: a theoretical investigation of the possibilities

Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP07/2014
Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP07/2014 Publication date: 2014 Abstract: This paper investigates different theoretical models of incentives for teachers in education. It highlights key…
October 16, 2017 By: Paula Armstrong PDF

Income Convergence in South Africa: Fact or Measurement Error?

Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP10/2014
Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP10/2014 Publication date: 2014 Abstract: This paper asks whether income mobility in South Africa over the last decade has indeed…
October 16, 2017 By: Tobias Lechtenfeld, Asmus Zoch PDF

Teacher Wages in South Africa: How Attractive is the Teaching Profession

Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP08/2014
Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP08/2014 Abstract: This paper investigates the state of teacher pay in the South African labour market by comparing the remuneration…
October 16, 2017 By: Paula Armstrong PDF

The Effects of Teacher Strike Activity on Student Learning in South African Primary Schools

Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP01/2014
Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP01/2014 Publication date: 2014 Abstract: This paper investigates whether teacher strikes affect student achievement at the primary school level in…
October 16, 2017 By: Gabrielle Wills PDF

What do we know about primary teachers’ mathematical content knowledge in South Africa? An analysis of SACMEQ 2007

Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP13/2014
Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP13/2014 Publication date: 2014 Abstract: Primary school mathematics teachers should, at the most basic level, have mastery of the content…
October 16, 2017 By: Nic Spaull, Hamsa Venkat PDF

Learn to teach, teach to learn: A within-pupil across-subject approach to estimating the impact of teacher subject knowledge on South African grade 6 performance

Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP01.2015
Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP01.2015 Publication date: 2015 Abstract: This paper assesses the impact of teacher subject knowledge on student performance using a nationally…
October 16, 2017 By: Debra Shepherd PDF

The dynamics of child poverty in South Africa Between 2008 and 2012: An analysis using the National Income Dynamics Study

Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP05.2015
Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP05.2015 Publication date: 2015 Abstract: The aim of this study is to use data from three waves of the National…
October 16, 2017 By: Marisa von Fintel, Asmus Zoch PDF

Teacher Supply in South Africa: A Focus on Initial Teacher Education Graduate Production

Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP07.2015
Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP07.2015 Publication date: 2015 Abstract: IIt is commonly recognized that South Africa has a severe shortage of adequately qualified and…
October 16, 2017 By: Hendrik van Broekhuizen PDF

Examining oral reading fluency among grade 5 rural English Second Language (ESL) learners in South Africa: An analysis of NEEDU 2013

Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP09.2015
Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP09.2015 Publication date: 2015 Abstract: The ability to read for meaning and pleasure is arguably the most important skill children…
October 16, 2017 By: Nic Spaull, Kim Draper PDF

A profile of the labour market for school principals in South Africa: Evidence to inform policy

Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP12.2015
Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP12.2015 Publication date: 2015 Abstract: In the past decade there has been a notable shift in South African education policy…
October 16, 2017 By: Gabrielle Wills PDF

The impact of study guides on “matric” performance: Evidence from a randomised experiment

Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP13.2015
Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP13.2015 Publication date: 2015 Abstract: Most international literature on the impact of textbooks on educational achievement suggests that this is…
October 16, 2017 By: Stephen Taylor, Patricia Watson PDF

The readiness of the South African education system for a pre-Grade R year

Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP15.2015
Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP15.2015 Publication date: 2015 Abstract: Investment in early childhood development (ECD) has the prospect of cultivating potential within individuals and…
October 16, 2017 By: Janeli Kotzé 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

What the Annual National Assessments can tell us about learning deficits over the education system and the school career year

Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP18.2015
Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP18.2015 Publication date: 2015 Abstract: Much hope is placed on education systems to reduce socio-economic learning gaps. However, in South…
October 16, 2017 By: Servaas van der Berg PDF

An overview of education data in South Africa: an inventory approach

Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP19.2015
Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP19.2015 Publication date: 2015 Abstract: This paper provides an overview of the various datasets pertaining to education in South Africa…
October 16, 2017 By: Chris van Wyk 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

The DBE’s workbooks as a curriculum tool

Stellenbosch Policy Brief No. 01/2016
Stellenbosch Policy Brief No. 01/2016 Abstract: The Department of Basic Education’s workbooks are an impressive and most welcome recent intervention in our education system. Creating…
October 16, 2017 By: Ursula Hoadly, Jaamia Galant PDF

Adding randomised control trials (RCTs) to the education research toolkit

Stellenbosch Policy Brief No. 02/2016
Stellenbosch Policy Brief No. 02/2016 Abstract: The performance of learners in South Africa has been consistently poor, as measured by several national and international assessments:…
October 16, 2017 By: Nompumelelo Mohohlwane PDF

What the ANAs tell us about socioeconomic learning gaps in South Africa

Stellenbosch Policy Brief No. 03/2016
Stellenbosch Policy Brief No. 03/2016 Abstract: The South African school system is under pressure to develop children’s potential irrespective of home background. But currently the…
October 16, 2017 By: Servaas van der Berg PDF

Learning to read and reading to learn

Stellenbosch Policy Brief No. 04/2016
Stellenbosch Policy Brief No. 04/2016 Abstract: Reading for meaning and pleasure is arguably the most important skill children learn in primary school. Since almost all…
October 16, 2017 By: Nic Spaull PDF

Excessive class sizes in the Foundation Phase

Stellenbosch Policy Brief No. 05/2016
Stellenbosch Policy Brief No. 05/2016 Abstract: In previous research we have stressed the importance of learning to read by the end of Grade 3 (see…
October 16, 2017 By: Nic Spaull PDF

Building an evidence base for inclusive education in South Africa: Focusing on learners with disabilities

Stellenbosch Policy Brief No. 06/2016
Stellenbosch Policy Brief No. 06/2016 Abstract: To make rational decisions that will lead to good education for all, policymakers need reliable information and solid evidence.…
October 16, 2017 By: Carol Nuga Deliwe PDF

Limited support for the foundation phase: A misallocation of district resources

Stellenbosch Policy Brief No. 07/2016
Stellenbosch Policy Brief No. 07/2016 Abstract: To realise improvements in the South African education system and overcome substantial inequalities in learning that exist, prioritisation must…
October 16, 2017 By: Gabrielle Wills PDF

Improving the calibre of school leadership in South Africa

Stellenbosch Policy Brief No. 01/2015
Stellenbosch Policy Brief No. 01/2015 Abstract: School principals matter for children’s learning – both anecdotal and international quantitative evidence support this. But policy makers often…
October 16, 2017 By: Gabrielle Wills PDF

Is school based assessment in matric achieving its potential?

Stellenbosch Policy Brief No. 02/2015
Stellenbosch Policy Brief No. 02/2015 Abstract: Matriculation results are vital for learners. Young people’s options for university entry, bursaries, career choice and labour market prospects…

Rethinking pre-grade R

Stellenbosch Policy Brief No. 03/2015
Stellenbosch Policy Brief No. 03/2015 Abstract: Across all research disciplines there is now widespread agreement that investment in early childhood development (ECD) brings high returns…
October 16, 2017 By: Janeli Kotzé PDF

Education datasets in South Africa

Stellenbosch Policy Brief No. 04/2015
Stellenbosch Policy Brief No. 04/2015 Abstract: The working paper on which this policy brief is based reviews education datasets available in South Africa, mostly from…
October 16, 2017 By: Chris van Wyk PDF

Increasing the supply of teacher graduates

Stellenbosch Policy Brief No. 05/2015
Stellenbosch Policy Brief No. 05/2015 Abstract: The findings in this policy brief are based on a working paper in which I analysed initial teacher training…
October 16, 2017 By: Hendrik van Broekhuizen PDF

SA learners perform poorly relative to local and regional standards

Stellenbosch Policy Brief No. 01/2012
Stellenbosch Policy Brief No. 01/2012 Abstract: Despite positive trends in completion rates and Grade R enrolment, staggering numbers of South African learners continue to lack…
October 16, 2017 By: Nic Spaull PDF

New evidence in the case for improving the quality of secondary school learning outcomes

Stellenbosch Policy Brief No. 01/2011
Stellenbosch Policy Brief No. 01/2011 Abstract: A recent paper, based on new household survey data, finds that pre-final year completion rates in South African secondary…
October 16, 2017 By: Martin Gustafsson PDF

The vital role of good school management in improving primary school outcomes

Stellenbosch Policy Brief No. 02/2011
Stellenbosch Policy Brief No. 02/2011 Abstract: It is popular to assume that poorer primary school learners struggle to perform due to their socio-economic status and…
October 16, 2017 By: Stephen Taylor PDF

Identifying policy priorities to improve outcomes for poor primary school learners

Stellenbosch Policy Brief No. 03/2011
Stellenbosch Policy Brief No. 03/2011 Abstract: Socio-economic status has a significant impact on primary school learner performance. Poorer learners often suffer poor educational outcomes: They…
October 16, 2017 By: Nic Spaull PDF

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

The role of inter-personal interactions in South African education

Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP09.2016
Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP09.2016 Abstract: Previous studies of the South African education system have emphasised its bimodal performance, with the weaker part of…
October 16, 2017 By: Annika Bergbauer PDF

For richer, for poorer? Can lessons learnt from wealthy schools be applied to help poor schools deliver better results?

Stellenbosch Policy Brief No. 05/2011
Stellenbosch Policy Brief No. 05/2011 Abstract: There are large disparities in educational performance amongst South African schools, with historically white schools significantly outperforming historically black…
October 16, 2017 By: Debra Shepherd PDF

Recent patterns in the extent and quality of pre-primary education in South Africa

Stellenbosch Policy Brief No. 02/2010
Stellenbosch Policy Brief No. 02/2010 Abstract: A recent paper, using new household data, indicates that the percentage of Grade 1 learners who have experienced pre-primary…
October 16, 2017 By: Martin Gustafsson 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

Learner flow through patterns in the Western Cape using CEMIS datasets from 2007 to 2014: A longitudinal cohort analysis

Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP02/2017
Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP02/2017 Publication date: January 2017 Abstract: The aim of the study was to track learners as a group or cohort…
October 12, 2017 By: Chris van Wyk, Anderson Gondwe, Pierre de Villiers PDF

RESEP hosts its third Quantitative Applications in Education Research Conference, 28 & 29 September 2017

RESEP held its third annual "Quantitative Applications in Education Research" conference at STIAS in Stellenbosch from 28 – 29 September 2017. A total of 110 participants from a range of backgrounds, including education researchers, policy-makers and PhD students attended the conference.
RESEP held its third annual "Quantitative Applications in Education Research" conference at STIAS in Stellenbosch from 28 – 29 September 2017.
October 11, 2017 By: Servaas van der Berg, RESEP PDF

Social Gradients, Early Childhood Education and Schools Performing Above the Demographic Expectation: Empirical Insights into Educational Issues

Thesis (PhD)—Stellenbosch University, 2017.
Candidate: Janeli Kotzé Supervisor: Professor Servaas van der Berg Institution: Stellenbosch University, Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences, Department of Economics Abstract: This dissertation exploits the wide variety…
August 14, 2017 By: Servaas van der Berg, Janeli Kotzé (Candidate) PDF

SA data shows large and unexpected increase in births around 2004

This article originally appeared on the Business Day website as a partially edited version, which can be found here. For the original article, please read…
July 17, 2017 By: Martin Gustafsson, RESEP 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

Impoverishing effects of catastrophic health expenditures in Malawi

  Abstract Out of pocket (OOP) health spending can potentially expose households to risk of incurring large medical bills, and this may impact on their…
May 10, 2017 By: Martina Mchenga, Gowokani Chirwa, Levison Chiwaula PDF

These are not luxuries, it is essential for access to life: Disability related out-of pocket costs as a driver of economic vulnerability

  Abstract With the dawn of the new sustainable development goals, we face not only a world that has seen great successes in alleviating poverty…
May 10, 2017 By: Nicola Deghaye, Jill Hanass-Hancock, Siphumelele Nene, Simmi Pillay PDF

A comparable yardstick: adjusting for education bias in South African health system responsiveness ratings

  Abstract Health-system responsiveness (HSR) measures the experience of health-system users in terms of the non-clinical aspects of the health system. This has been operationalized…
April 29, 2017 By: Anja Smith, Laura Rossouw 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

Financial self-efficacy: a determinant of financial inclusion

  Abstract The purpose of this paper is to examine the relationship between financial self-efficacy (FSE) and financial inclusion (FI) among individual financial consumers in…
April 23, 2017 By: Tia Linda Zuze, Rachel Mindra, Musa Moya, Odongo Kodongo 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…

RESEP launches its synthesis report entitled “A Society Divided: How Unequal Education Quality Limits Social Mobility in South Africa”

On Friday, 24 March 2017, RESEP launched its synthesis report entitled “A Society Divided: How Unequal Education Quality Limits Social Mobility in South Africa”. The research project was headed up by Prof Servaas van der Berg and the report incorporates the research of about 20 authors. The central focus of the report is the role of education in promoting social mobility for the poor in the highly unequal South African economic landscape. The investigation is of particular relevance in a country where the rapid expansion of educational attainment since the 1970s has not produced the desired labour market outcomes for many South Africans, for the most part perpetuating patterns of poverty and inequality along the apartheid dimensions of race and geography.
On Friday, 24 March 2017, RESEP launched its synthesis report entitled “A Society Divided: How Unequal Education Quality Limits Social Mobility in South Africa”. The…
March 28, 2017 By: RESEP PDF

Getting reading right: Building firm foundations

Introduction The Millennium Development Goals aimed to achieve universal access to primary education by 2015. Attendance rates in South Africa remain high, with 97% of…
March 13, 2017 By: Nic Spaull, Ursula Hoadley PDF

Principal leadership changes and their consequences for school performance in South Africa

Abstract: School leadership changes are gaining momentum in South Africa as larger proportions of incumbent principals near retirement age. While this presents opportunities to replace…
November 15, 2016 By: Gabrielle Wills PDF

Graduate unemployment, Higher Education access and success, and teacher production in South Africa

Thesis (PhD)—Stellenbosch University, 2016.
Candidate: Hendrik van Broekhuizen Supervisor: Professor Servaas van der Berg Co-supervisor: Doctor Rulof Burger Institution: Stellenbosch University, Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences, Department of Economics Abstract: In…
October 16, 2016 By: Rulof Burger, Hendrik van Broekhuizen (Candidate) 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

An economic perspective on school leadership and teachers’ unions in South Africa

Thesis (PhD)—Stellenbosch University, 2016.
  PhD Thesis  Candidate: Gabrielle Wills Supervisor: Professor Servaas van der Berg Institution: Stellenbosch University, Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences, Department of Economics   Abstract: This dissertation…

Quantitative Applications in Education Research Conference

On the 19th and 20th of September this year, RESEP hosted the “Conference on Quantitative Applications in Education” at STIAS. The conference was attended by 85 participants from government, academia and civil society, with a keynote address by the Minister of Basic Education Ms Angie Motshekga STIAS, Stellenbosch 19 & 20 September 2016
On the 19th and 20th of September this year, RESEP hosted the “Conference on Quantitative Applications in Education” at STIAS. The conference was attended by…
September 21, 2016 By: RESEP PDF

A Structural Approach to Modelling South African Labour Market Decisions

Thesis (PhD)—Stellenbosch University, 2016.
Candidate: Cobus Burger Supervisor: Professor Servaas van der Berg Institution: Stellenbosch University, Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences, Department of Economics   Abstract: Youth unemployment is high in…

The open door of learning – Access restricted: School effectiveness and efficiency across the South African education system

Thesis (PhD)—Stellenbosch University, 2016.
Candidate: Debra Shepherd Supervisor: Professor Servaas van der Berg and Professor Chris Elbers Institution: Stellenbosch University, Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences, Department of Economics Abstract: The enduring…
August 14, 2016 By: Debra Shepherd, Servaas van der Berg, Chris Elbers (Co-supervisor) PDF

Measuring social and economic mobility in South Africa: New approaches to well-known survey data concerns

Thesis (PhD)—Stellenbosch University, 2016.
Candidate: Amus Zoch Supervisor: Doctor Rulof Burger Co-supervisor: Professor Servaas van der Berg Institution: Stellenbosch University, Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences, Department of Economics   Abstract: The…
August 14, 2016 By: Rulof Burger, Servaas van der Berg, Amus Zoch (Candidate) PDF

Disentangling the language effect in South African schools: Measuring the impact of ‘language of assessment’ in grade 3 literacy and numeracy

Abstract The aim of this article is to exploit an unusual occurrence whereby a large group of South African grade 3 students were tested twice,…
August 13, 2016 By: Nic Spaull PDF

An empirical analysis of poverty, inequality and the labour market in Malawi

Thesis (DCom)—Stelenbosch University, 2016
DCom Thesis Candidate: Anderson Gondwe Supervisor: Professor Servaas van der Berg Institution: Stellenbosch University, Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences, Department of Economics Abstract This thesis is a…
July 17, 2016 By: Servaas van der Berg, Anderson Gondwe (PhD 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

Principal leadership changes in South Africa: Investigating their consequences for school performance

  Abstract School leadership changes are gaining momentum in South Africa as larger proportions of incumbent principals near retirement age. While this presents opportunities to…
May 2, 2016 By: Gabrielle Wills PDF

Gender bias may contribute to missed TB cases in South Africa

  Abstract Eight communities with high tuberculosis (TB) prevalence, Western Cape, South Africa. Our objective was to identify sex differences in TB health-seeking behaviour and…
April 29, 2016 By: Anja Smith, Ronelle Burger, M. Claasens, Helen Ayles, P. Godfrey-Faussett, N. Beyers 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

What has variability got to do with it? Explaining gender achievement gaps among African primary school students

  Abstract There has been a global increase in the number of girls studying mathematics but women still remain underrepresented in the scientific workforce. The…
April 23, 2016 By: Tia Linda Zuze, Vijay Reddy PDF

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

Exploring relationships between oral reading fluency and reading comprehension amongst English second language readers in South Africa

  Abstract Most analyses of oral reading fluency (ORF) are based on L1 reading, and the norms that have been developed in English are based…
February 12, 2016 By: Nic Spaull, Elizabeth Pretorius PDF

Measuring access to learning over a period of increased access to schooling: The case of Southern and Eastern Africa since 2000

  Abstract This paper examines the extent to which increased access to primary schooling in ten Southern and East African countries between 2000 and 2007…
December 25, 2015 By: Nic Spaull, Stephen Taylor PDF

Starting behind and staying behind in South Africa: The case of insurmountable learning deficits in mathematics

Abstract This study quantifies a year’s worth of mathematics learning in South Africa (0.3 standard deviations) and uses this measure to develop empirically calibrated learning…
November 25, 2015 By: Nic Spaull, Janeli Kotzé PDF

Teachers in the South African Education System: An Economic Perspective

Thesis (PhD)—Stellenbosch University, 2015.
Candidate: Paula Armstrong Supervisor: Professor Servaas van der Berg Institution: Stellenbosch University, Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences, Department of Economics Abstract: Chapter 1 investigates teacher wages in…
October 16, 2015 By: Servaas van der Berg, Paula Armstrong (candidate) PDF

Social Mobility and Cohesion in Post-Apartheid South Africa

Thesis (PhD)—Stellenbosch University, 2015.
Candidate:  Marisa von Fintel Supervisor: Professor Servaas van der Berg Co-supervisor: Doctor Rulof Burger Institution: Stellenbosch University, Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences, Department of Economics Abstract: Twenty years…

Education Quality in South Africa and Sub-Saharan Africa: An Economic Approach

Thesis (PhD)—Stellenbosch University, 2015.
Candidate: Nic Spaul Supervisor: Professor Servaas van der Berg Institution: Stellenbosch University, Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences, Department of Economics Abstract: Education has always occupied a central…
October 16, 2015 By: Nic Spaull, Servaas van der Berg PDF

Education Intervention: Estimating the Effectiveness of Ikamva Youth

STIAS, Stellenbosch 20 October 2015
October 6, 2015 By: Lewis McLean PDF

Accountability and Capacity in South African Education

  Abstract The aim of the study is to discuss the notion of accountability with respect to education in South Africa. Starting with an overview…
September 12, 2015 By: Nic Spaull 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

What do we know about primary teachers’ mathematical content knowledge in South Africa? An analysis of SACMEQ 2007

  Abstract There is consensus in the international mathematics teacher education literature that teachers should, at the most basic level, have mastery of the content…
July 25, 2015 By: Nic Spaull, Hamsa Venkat PDF

Examining oral reading fluency among rural Grade 5 English Second Language (ESL) learners in South Africa: An analysis of NEEDU 2013

  Abstract The ability to read for meaning and pleasure is arguably the most important skill children learn in primary school. One integral component of…
June 8, 2015 By: Nic Spaull, Kim Draper PDF

Informing principal policy reforms in South Africa through data-based evidence

Abstract In the past decade there has been a notable shift in South African education policy that raises the value of school leadership as a…
May 10, 2015 By: Gabrielle Wills PDF

Cost-effectiveness of integrated antiretroviral therapy in HIV-tuberculosis co-infected ambulatory patients in South Africa

  Abstract Initiation of antiretroviral therapy (ART) during tuberculosis (TB) treatment improves survival in TB-HIV coinfected patients. In patients with CD4 counts <50 cells per…
May 10, 2015 By: Nicola Deghaye, Kogieleum Naidoo, Anneke Grobler, Tarylee Reddy, Andrew Gray, Salim Abdool_Karim PDF

Enrolment ratios and related puzzles in developing countries: Approaches for interrogating the data drawing from the case of South Africa

  Abstract Available developing country enrolment ratios are frequently inaccurate. This results in poorly informed policy discourses. Underlying data problems can undermine funding systems. The…
May 7, 2015 By: Martin Gustafsson PDF

A Riddle Explained: Gender Disparities in East African Education

Zuze, T.L., 2015. A riddle explained: gender disparities in East African education. African Review of Economics and Finance, 7(2), pp.29-59.
  Abstract There can be little question that studying the relationship between education and inequality will benefit public investment in education. Although primary school enrollment…
April 23, 2015 By: Tia Linda Zuze 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

Access to What? Creating a Composite Measure of Educational Quantity and Educational Quality for 11 African Countries

Abstract The aim of the current study is to create a composite statistic of educational quantity and educational quality by combining household data (Demographic and…
March 8, 2015 By: Nic Spaull, Stephen Taylor PDF

Reflecting on an impact evaluation of the Grade R programme: Method, results and policy responses

Abstract: This paper describes the expansion since 2001 of a public pre-school programme in South Africa known as ‘Grade R’, summarises the findings from an…

Continuous assessment and matriculation examination marks—an empirical examination

  Abstract: This study analyses information and feedback from matriculation-level continuous assessment in the South African education system in 2005. Continuous assessment (CASS) at the…

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…

Education and Country Growth Models

Thesis (PhD)—University of Stellenbosch, 2014
  PhD Thesis  Candidate: Martin Gustafsson Supervisor: Professor Servaas van der Berg Institution: Stellenbosch University, Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences, Department of Economics Abstract The over-arching concern…

The Gospel according to Banerjee and Duflo

  Excerpt: In their latest book, Poor Economics, Esther Duflo and Abhijit Banerjee present a highly readable overview of the problems facing the world’s poor…
June 21, 2014 By: Nic Spaull PDF

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 changing role of teachers in reversing poverty and inequality: evidence from Botswana

  Abstract This study explores the important relationship between policy variables that represent a school's human resources and product variables in the form of student…
April 26, 2014 By: Tia Linda Zuze PDF

School resources and the gender reading literacy gap in South African schools

  Abstract The importance of reading literacy as a foundation for academic success is widely acknowledged. What is less well understood is why gender patterns…
April 23, 2014 By: Tia Linda Zuze, Vijay Reddy PDF

Poverty & Privilege: Primary School Inequality in South Africa

  Abstract: The strong legacy of apartheid and the consequent correlation between education and wealth have meant that, generally speaking, poorer South African students perform…
October 25, 2013 By: Nic Spaull PDF

The impact of the introduction of grade r on learning outcomes

In December 2012 the Department of Performance Monitoring and Evaluation (DPME) in the Presidency in partnership with the Department of Basic Education (DBE) commissioned an…
October 4, 2013 By: Chris van Wyk, Debra Shepherd, Servaas van der Berg, Elizabeth Girdwood, John Kruger, Janeli Viljoen, Olivia Ezeobi, Poppie Ntaka 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

More countries, similar results: A nonlinear programming approach to normalising test scores needed for growth regressions

  Abstract Analysts such as Hanushek and Woessman have brought to the fore the deceptiveness of education enrolments, or years of schooling, in growth regressions…
May 10, 2013 By: Martin Gustafsson 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

Understanding poverty and inequality in Mozambique: the role of education and labour market status

Thesis (PhD)—University of Stellenbosch, 2012
PhD Thesis  Candidate: Carlos da Maia Supervisor: Professor Servaas van der Berg Institution: Stellenbosch University, Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences, Department of Economics Abstract This thesis deals…
October 16, 2012 By: Servaas van der Berg, Carlos da Maia (candidate) PDF

Using household surveys for deriving labour market, poverty and inequality trends in South Africa

Thesis (PhD)—Stellenbosch University, 2012.
Candidate: Kwan Cheung Derek Yu Supervisor: Professor Servaas van der Berg Institution: Stellenbosch University, Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences, Department of Economics   Abstract: In order to evaluate…
August 15, 2012 By: Servaas van der Berg, Kwan Cheung Derek Yu (Candidate) 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

Aspects of the economics of water management in urban settings in South Africa, with a focus on Cape Town 

Thesis (PhD)—Stellenbosch University, 2012.
PhD Thesis  Candidate: Ada Isobel Jansen Supervisor: Professor Servaas van der Berg Institution: Stellenbosch University, Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences, Department of Economics Abstract…
June 14, 2012 By: Servaas van der Berg, Ada Isobel Jansen (PhD Candidate) 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

South Africa’s economics of education: A stocktaking and an agenda for the way forward

  Abstract The paper reviews some of the existing economics of education literature from the perspective of South Africa’s education policymaking needs. It also puts…
May 10, 2012 By: Martin Gustafsson, Thabo Mabogoane PDF

Management in the South African public health sector: An x-inefficiency perspective

  Abstract Inefficiency in the South African public health sector contributes significantly to the country's relatively poor health outcomes, yet it is poorly understood and…
May 2, 2012 By: Carmen Sue Christian, Nicholas Crisp PDF

Child poverty in South Africa and the performance of the Child Support Grant programme

Thesis (PhD)—Stellenbosch University, 2011.
  PhD Thesis  Candidate: Judith Streak Supervisor: Professor Servaas van der Berg Institution: Stellenbosch University, Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences, Department of Economics Abstract: One of the…
October 16, 2011 By: Servaas van der Berg, Judith Streak (Candidate) PDF

Improving the well-being of the poor through microfinance: evidence from the Small Enterprise Foundation in South Africa

Thesis (PhD)—University of Stellenbosch, 2011
  PhD Thesis  Candidate: Maria Albertina Kirsten Supervisor: Professor Servaas van der Berg Co-supervisor: Professor Andrie Schoombee Institution: Stellenbosch University, Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences, Department of Economics…
October 16, 2011 By: Servaas van der Berg, Maria Albertina Kirsten (candidate), Andrie Schoombee (co-supervisor) 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

Free education and social inequality in Ugandan primary schools: A step backward or a step in the right direction?

  Abstract The intent of this study is to understand both direct and indirect resource effects in the context of a mass education system in…
April 26, 2011 By: Tia Linda Zuze, Murray Leibbrandt PDF

School resources and academic performance in Sub-Saharan Africa

  Abstract We investigate links between students’ achievement and several resource inputs in African primary schools, using data from the 2000 Southern and Eastern Africa…
April 26, 2011 By: Tia Linda Zuze, Valerie Lee 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

Residential Property Prices in a Sub-Market of South Africa: Separating Real Growth from Attribute Growth

  Abstract This paper analyses the South African residential housing market using hedonic price theory. It builds and tests pooled OLS, fixed effects OLS, pseudo-panel…
May 10, 2010 By: Dieter von Fintel, Michael Els 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

On the value of environmental pragmatism in economic decision-making: With special reference to the work of Bryan Norton

Thesis (PhD)—University of Stellenbosch, 2009
  PhD Thesis  Candidate: Leanne Seeliger Supervisor: Professor Johan Hattingh Co-supervisor: Professor Servaas van der Berg Institution: Stellenbosch University, Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences, Department of…
October 16, 2009 By: Servaas van der Berg, Leanne Seeliger (candidate), Johan Hattingh (supervisor) PDF

 An analysis of continuous assessment (CASS) compared to matriculation examination results at South African schools

Abstract: This study analyses information and feedback from matriculation-level continuous assessment in the South African education system in 2005. Continuous assessment (CASS) at the time…

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

The development of an education management information system from a sense making perspective and the application of quantitative methods to analyse education data sets.

Thesis (PhD)—University of Stellenbosch, 2006
  PhD Thesis  Candidate: Chris van Wyk Supervisor: Professor Servaas van der Berg Co-supervisor: Professor s. Berkhout Abstract: Information is a necessary resource, produced by information systems…
October 16, 2006 By: Chris van Wyk, Servaas van der Berg, Prof. S. Berkhout (co-supervisor) PDF

Undoing the apartheid legacy: Pro-poor spending shifts in the South African public school system

Abstract By using a consolidated dataset of schools derived from a range of administrative systems, it is shown that overall public spending in the schooling…
May 10, 2006 By: Martin Gustafsson, Firoz Patel PDF

Credit demand and credit rationing in the informal financial sector in Uganda

Thesis (PhD)—University of Stellenbosch, 2005
  DCom Thesis  Candidate: Nathan Okurut Supervisor: Professor Servaas van der Berg Institution: Stellenbosch University, Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences, Department of Economics Abstract: This study…
October 16, 2005 By: Servaas van der Berg, Nathan Okurut (candidate), Andrie Schoombee (co-supervisor) PDF

School Effectiveness in 14 Sub-Saharan African Countries: Links with 6th Graders’ Reading Achievement

  Abstract In this article school characteristics linked with educational effectiveness in 14 sub-Saharan African countries are identified. Effectiveness has been defined in terms of…
April 26, 2005 By: Tia Linda Zuze, Valerie Lee, Kenneth Ross PDF