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NQF credits: 14

Fourth year status‚ second semester‚ one double lecture and one double lab per week.

Course Convenor : Malcolm Keswell

Entrance requirements: See admissions requirements for Honours in Economics. ECO4016F Econometrics or equivalent is also required or at the discretion of the Head of Department.

Course outline:

This course examines a range of statistical techniques for modelling survey data and presents methods to compensate for design features for complex sample survey data. These techniques are then applied to a selection of policy issues through the analysis of South Africa household surveys. A major focus of the course is on the measurement of poverty‚ inequality and social mobility. Topics covered in the evaluation of social policy change from year to year but have recently included progress through school; returns to education; orphans and schooling and the impact of the state old age pension on poverty and household behaviour. The course includes a computer lab component built around the econometric analysis of household survey data using the package Stata.

DP requirements: None.

Assessment: Assignments‚ tests and examination count for 100%.

Last updated : 15 Jul 2015

Staff Members on this course :

A/Prof Malcolm Keswell Associate Professor

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5.19, The School of Economics, New Building, Middle Campus.
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Research Area / Interest :
Applied microeconomics ;the dynamics of inequality;agrarian contractual structure and productivity; group-level effects on individual incentives.

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