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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.

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Using statistics to dissect addiction
22 July, 2015

Dr Andre Hofmeyr, undergraduate convenor in the School of Economics, explored the economics of addiction in a dissertation primarily focused on methodological and statistical issues on the boundary between economics and psychology. Abigail Calata interviewed him on this research and his PhD experience.

Q: How does experimental economics differ from experimental psychology?

A: In some areas of research, like addiction, there is an overlap between the methods that experimental psychologists and experimental economists use. For example, when investigating time preferences or discounting behaviour, experimental economists and experimental psychologists often present research participants with choices between monetary rewards which are available at different points in time.

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Top World Bank appointment for Bhorat
26 June, 2015

UCT economist Professor Haroon Bhorat has been chosen as a member of a select World Bank team that will tackle global poverty.

He joins 23 other expert international economists on the World Bank's new Commission on Global Poverty, which was launched on 22 June. The commission's stated aim is to measure and monitor poverty around the world to "help the World Bank achieve its twin goals [of reduced poverty and shared prosperity] and also track other forms of poverty and deprivation", it said in a statement.

The goal is to end extreme and chronic poverty by 2030, and the institution wants to "hold the yardstick constant for measuring extreme poverty until then", says Kaushik Basu, its chief economist.

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Do you think the SA economy will be better in five years?
11 March, 2015

A few hands went up when the question was asked: "Do you think the economy in South Africa will be better in five years' time?" David Lipton, the first deputy managing director of the Washington-based International Monetary Fund, was speaking to a packed School of Economics' seminar room on a whirlwind visit to UCT earlier this month.

During his address, Lipton reviewed the country's challenges and offered a message of hope. He also confided later that the show of optimistic hands in the crowd was an important indicator – if people believed the future would be better, they would be prepared to work harder at it. If they were pessimistic, they would be less likely to try to make a difference.

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