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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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NiDS: telling South Africa’s story since 2008
11 October, 2019

After 10 years of forging partnerships and delivering research excellence, the Southern Africa Labour and Development Research Unit (SALDRU) at the University of Cape Town (UCT) has drawn to a close its time as implementation partner for the National Income Dynamics Study (NiDS). Murray Leibbrandt, professor of economics at UCT and director of SALDRU, provides a retrospective on this phase in South Africa’s first and only national household panel study.

With a nationally representative sample of over 28 000 people from 7 300 households across the country, NiDS was launched in 2008.

NiDS was developed by the South African Presidency as an instrument to gain a better understanding of the socioeconomic dynamics at play in South Africa – a little more than a decade into democracy. The idea was to gain first-hand information about the livelihoods of those who call South Africa home – whether citizens or not – with a focus on overarching societal themes ranging from fertility and mortality to education and migration to income dynamics.

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Nature’s role in economic development
11 October, 2019

Developing some of the most beleaguered economies in the world doesn’t rest solely with reducing unemployment and breaking the cycle of inequality; the environment has a massive part to play too.

This was Professor Edwin Muchapondwa’s message during his inaugural lecture at the University of Cape Town (UCT) on Wednesday, 9 October, hosted by Vice-Chancellor Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng. Muchapondwa, a professor in UCT’s School of Economics, delivered the sixth and final VC’s inaugural lecture for 2019.

His research focus area homes in on economic questions around the interaction between protected areas and adjacent communities. He pointed out that economic role players the world over tend to prioritise people-centred objectives like poverty and inequality.

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Counting women’s work
07 October, 2019

Counting Women’s Work is an international project to measure the gendered economy, including unpaid care work. The project provides data and analysis to help develop better policies on economic development, care for children and the elderly, investments in human capital, and gender equity in the workplace and the home.

Valuing unpaid care work is important because care-giving sustains families, and ultimately, helps to preserve society. While it contributes considerably towards a country’s total welfare and economic output, the value of unpaid care has been difficult to determine because standard measures of the economy include care only if it is paid for.

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