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Welcome to the home page of the School of Economics at the University of Cape Town.

The School of Economics is one of the largest departments in the University, offering tuition to more than 3000 undergraduate students and approximately 150 postgraduate students. The department consists of over 30 staff members who cover a broad range of disciplines in economics in their teaching and research. In addition, the School has a strong research focus and hosts several active research units.

This site provides access to a range of information regarding study, research and student life in the School of Economics at the University of Cape Town. Read more ...

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Parent orientation 2017
20 January, 2017

We welcome parents to the orientation programme for the parents of first-year students who have been made a firm offer of acceptance at UCT for 2017.

This is traditionally a time when parents are introduced to UCT and allows you to familiarise yourselves with how the University operates. It provides information on how the University is structured and explains what students can expect in their first year of study.

Activities include a formal welcome by the Vice-Chancellor in the Jameson Hall; library tours and meeting the faculty deans.

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Southern African tourism: the 'multiplier' effect
29 November, 2016

For every night that a tourist stays over at a high-end game lodge in a remote part of southern Africa, 14 people in the surrounding community benefit indirectly from the income generated by the services offered by the industry. As lodge staff send their remittances back home, the money circulates within these rural communities, helping to grow the local economy.

This is the finding of Dr Sue Snyman, a tourism analyst and economist associated with UCT’s Environmental Policy Research Unit (EPRU), in the Faculty of Commerce. “This is the multiplier effect of tourism in remote regions of the subcontinent,” explains Snyman, who has published several papers in the past year on the basis of the findings of her 2013 doctoral thesis.

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‘I’ve always had a thing for creating value’
08 September, 2016

Fred Ajusi learnt from an early age the importance of saving as well as making your own money.

A fourth year BCom economics and finance student, Ajusi takes pride in being financially savvy.

“People call me stingy,” he chuckles. “They think I’m a stingy guy because I don’t like to spend money, and I think that it’s not that I’m stingy; I just understand the value of money,” explains Ajusi. “When you understand the value of money, and you realise the idea behind spending, you realise that small changes that you make to your spending habits can have a major impact on your long-run financial standing.”

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