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APRIL 2016

Dear reader, 
 
In this edition of the newsletter of the Southern Africa Labour and Development Research Unit, you will find news on SALDRU's latest working papers and journal articles, as well as recent and upcoming training activities, and the seminar series. If you would prefer not to receive these newsletters in the future, you can unsubscribe here.
SALDRU wins the NIDS Wave 5 bid
SALDRU has won the bid to run the 5th Wave of the National Income Dynamics Study. It will commence in June of this year, with piloting starting in October. Fieldwork will take place in 2017, with public release of the data expected early in the third quarter of 2018. For the first time, the sample will be refreshed by adding up to 5000 new households to ensure NIDS remains racially representative of the country for many waves to come.
 
In the meantime, public release of the data up to Wave 4 will take place in May this year with a two day launch event in Pretoria. In collecting the fourth wave of data, the team knocked on 14 324  doors, conducted 37 405 personal interviews and are delighted to have interviewed 81% of the people that were seen in the first wave in 2008. A new addition to the dataset this year will be the incorporation of Police Station data which will allow users to calculate the distance to the nearest police station in the same district as the respondent.
SALDRU training
For the 18th year in a row, SALDRU delivered its annual two week Summer Training Programme in Social Science Research using Household Survey Data in January. Approximately 75 participants attended from a wide range of institutions across South Africa.

SALDRU also worked with DataFirst to present a two week course titled Understanding Panel Survey Data. This is the second course that comprises the new Post Graduate Diploma in Survey Data Analysis for Development, but can also be taken as a stand alone short course for those who don't want to do the full diploma. 

The following courses are coming up in the June/July and early November: If you are interested in attending one of these courses in the future, please contact Alison Siljeur to request a notification of the opening of applications. 
New Dean of Commerce: Professor Ingrid Woolard
Ingrid WoolardAs of 1 March 2016, Professor Ingrid Woolard is the new Dean of the Faculty of Commerce at UCT. Professor Woolard currently teaches in the School of Economics and is a Research Associate of SALDRU and a Research Fellow of the Institute for the Study of Labour (IZA) in Bonn. She is highly acclaimed in her areas of research interest, which include labour markets, social protection, tax policy and the measurement of poverty and inequality.

She joined UCT in April 2005 as a Chief Research Officer in SALDRU, a role she held with distinction until June 2008. In July 2008, she became an Associate Professor in the School of Economics and served in this post for just over five years before becoming Professor in January 2014. At the end of 2015, Professor Woolard won the Alan Pifer Research Award. This Vice Chancellor’s award is made annually in recognition of outstanding research that demonstrates relevance to the advancement and welfare of South Africa’s disadvantaged people. 

Read more in UCT's Monday Paper article Balance and Blend - The new Dean of Commerce.
SALDRU student wins ESSA Founders' Medal
Jess Standish-White, SALDRU student and top of her Honours class in her year, has won the Founders' Medal from ESSA for best Honours long paper in 2014. Jess also won the Dudley Horner prize which is an internal prize for the best long paper in each Economics Honours year.

In 2014, Jess landed a scholarship from the Skye Foundation and completed an MSc in Economics for Development at Oxford University. She is currently back in South Africa and working for McKinsey in Johannesburg.
South African Child Gauge 2015
The Poverty and Inequality Initiative (affiliated with SALDRU) partnered with the Children’s Institute to compile the 2015 Child Gauge (one of the authors was SALDRU Senior Research Officer, Ariane De Lannoy). The report was released on 10 November 2015 and its focus was Youth and the Intergenerational Transmission of Poverty. It features a number of contributions by SALDRU and other UCT researchers and lecturers:

A focus on youth: An opportunity to disrupt the intergenerational transmission of poverty
Ariane De Lannoy, Murray Leibbrandt & Emily Frame

Post-school education: Broadening alternative pathways from school to work
Nicola Branson, Clare Hofmeyr, Joy Papier & Seamus Needham

Youth health and well-being: why it matters
Diane Cooper, Ariane De Lannoy & Candice Rule

Youth identity, belonging and citizenship: Strengthening our democratic future
Justine Burns, Janet Jobson & Buhle Zuma 

Youth and mobility: Linking movement to opportunity
Kath Hall, Amina Ebrahim, Ariane De Lannoy & Monde Makiwane

Youth unemployment in South Africa: Understanding the challenge and working on solutions
Lauren Graham & Cecil Mlatsheni 


Some of the authors also worked with a group of young people to collate their own message to society:
Youth Matters: What young people need to reach their dreams
Ariane De Lannoy, Lori Lake & Z Mann
Bumper crop of PhD graduates
The end of 2015 saw a bumper crop of PhD graduations:

Grieve Chelwa
David Fadiran
David Khaoya
Nicholas Masinyadima
Ramaele Moshoeshoe
Herbert Ntuli
Muna Shifa
Nan Tian

Muna has since joined SALDRU as a Post-Doctoral Fellow.
International Workshop on Inequality and Middle Class Development in Africa
Cape Town  |  4 - 6 May 2016

SALDRU, in conjunction with the German Institute of Global and Area Studies (GIGA) and the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation (IJR) will be hosting a two day workshop on the potential of an emerging middle class in Africa to foster inclusive growth and play a transformative socio-political role in their respective countries. In the course of two days, it aims to provide participants with the opportunity to critically engage with questions around the development of a middle class in Africa from different perspectives, including:
  • Measurement and data issues regarding class definitions and economic inequality
  • Its relationship with economic development
  • Its transformative socio-political role
For more information, please see the Preliminary Programme.

Please note: A public debate on the topic "South Africa’s Black Middle Class: A Driver of Political Change?" will also be held at 17h30 on 4 May 2016. See here for more details.
Jackie Kirk Outstanding Book Award
Gender Violence in Poverty Contexts: The Educational Challenge, a book which SALDRU Senior Research Officer, Ariane De Lannoy, contributed to, has won the Jackie Kirk Outstanding Book Award for 2016. The book is concerned with understanding the complex ways in which gender violence and poverty impact on young people’s lives, and the potential for education to challenge violence. Although there has been a recent expansion of research on gender violence and schooling, the field of research that brings together thinking on gender violence, poverty and education is in its infancy. This book sets out to establish this new field by offering insights into the nature of violence affecting children and youth; the sources of violence, including the relationship with poverty and inequality and the educational challenge of how to counter violence.
Highlighted publications
Changes in self-reported HIV testing during South Africa’s 2010/2011 national testing campaign: gains and shortfalls
Brendan Maughan-Brown, Neil Lloyd, Jacob Bor & Atheendar Venkataramani

Corruption and growth in Africa
Giorgio d’Agostino, J Paul Dunne & Luca Pieroni

Government spending, corruption and economic growth
Giorgio d’Agostino, J Paul Dunne & Luca Pieroni

Is Africa integrating? Evidence from product markets
Lawrence Edwards & Neil Rankin

Partner concurrency and HIV infection risk in South Africa
Chris Kenyon, Achilleas Tsoumanis, Ilan Schwartz & Brendan Maughan-Brown

The problems with SWIID: The case of South Africa
Martin Wittenberg

The effect of land restitution on poverty reduction among the Khomani San “Bushmen” in South Africa
Johane Dikgang & Edwin Muchapondwa

Decentralization, market integration and efficiency-equity trade-offs: Evidence from Joint Forest Management in Ethiopian villages
Dambala Gelo, Edwin Muchapondwa & Steven Koch

An analysis of factors affecting household willingness to participate in the REDD+ programme in Tanzania
Coretha Komba & Edwin Muchapondwa

Mobile phones and education in sub-Saharan Africa: from youth practice to public policy
Ariane De Lannoy and other authors

Informal m-health: How are young people using mobile phones to bridge healthcare gaps in Sub-Saharan Africa?
Ariane De Lannoy and other authors
In the media
 
Face-to-face outreach can get youngsters to the polls
12 April 2016  |  BD Live

 


Austere times for academia bode ill for graduate quality
31 March 2016  |  BD Live


Are current benchmarks downplaying poverty in South Africa?
14 March 2016  |  702/Cape Talk



DA fails to offer alternative way to administering the wage subsidy
1 March 2016  |  Cape Times


SONA debate: Who got their facts right and who got it wrong
20 February 2016  |  Africa Check
  

The Forgotten Half: What about the students who didn’t make it to matric?
9 February 2016  |  Daily Maverick  

  


Higher wages do more to lift growth than company profits
15 January 2016  |  BD Live


State has plan to trim obesity by 10%
11 January 2016  |  BD Live





Matrics from South Africa's poorest areas go for gold
7 January 2016  |  EWN



The last 30 years and the next 30
25 November 2015  |  UNU WIDER Youtube channel



Model C accents trusted more, says study
20 November 2015  |  BD Live





How to square the inequality circle
6 November 2015  |  Mail & Guardian



South African Child Gauge 2015

See below for a number of articles and other materials on the Gauge:

Report reveals more than half of all young South Africans live in poverty

Izingane zakuleli ziqala ukuhlupheka zingakazalwa

Poverty shock for SA children

The chance of our birth

SA kids: The good news and the bad

Wanted: Effective policies to put an end to deprivation

SA kids are poor even before they leave the womb

Over 50% of youths jobless

While the rich get education, SA's poor get just 'schooling'
NIDS Youtube Channel

The National Income Dynamics Study has a Youtube channel with a number of short videos explaining findings from various aspects of the survey. Click on the titles below to watch the videos:
Book chapters

The following chapters are in Contempory Issues in Development Economics:

Chapter 7: The social pension and time allocation in poor South African households  
Vimal Ranchhod & Martin Wittenberg

Chapter 8: Assessing the impact of social grants on inequality: A South African case study
Reinhard Schiel, Murray Leibbrandt & David Lam

The inheritance of employers and nonlinearities in intergenerational earnings mobility in Inequality and Growth: Patterns and Policy, Volume II: Regions and Regularities
Miles Corak & Patrizio Piraino

Why focus on subjective-wellbeing inequality? Comments on “Inequality of Happiness: Evidence of the Compression of the Subjective Wellbeing Distribution in Economic Growth" in Inequality and Growth: Patterns and Policy, Volume I: Concepts and Analysis
Murray Leibbrandt

Poverty, inequality, and prices in post-apartheid South Africa in Growth and Poverty in Sub-Saharan Africa
Murray Leibbrandt, Arden Finn & Morne Oosthuizen
Recent seminars

SALDRU seminars take place on Wednesdays at 13.00 in the 4th floor SAB Seminar Room in the Economics Building, UCT. Lunch is served at 12.30 in the Staff Lounge. Please contact Clare Hofmeyr with queries or to be added to the mailing list. 

Development in the global economy: Northern unemployment and Southern informality
Tobias Siedel


At the nexus of the technical and social: Educating socially aware engineering students
Poverty & Inequality Initiative


Public goods provision, personal satisfaction and assessments of government performance: Insights from a household survey in the peri-urban areas of Luanda, Angola
Anne Pitcher
 
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