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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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Can SA’s achievement in containing COVID-19 lead to sustained success?
28 April, 2020

South Africa has been recognised globally for its success in flattening the curve, which came as a result of President Ramaphosa listening to experts and responding quickly with social distancing introduced on 15 March and a nationwide lockdown on 27 March, writes the University of Cape Town’s Professor Alan Hirsch.

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Lockdowns threaten children’s nutrition
14 April, 2020

Researchers, including Winnie Sambu, a PhD student in the School of Economics, say data from two years ago shows that close to 60% of children in South Africa lived below the poverty line, while a third were below the food poverty line. Statistics also show that households with children are more likely to experience hunger than those without. This will be aggravated by any loss of jobs or livelihoods that have resulted from the measures to control COVID-19. 

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How SA can protect vulnerable households during lockdown
06 April, 2020

South Africa’s COVID-19 lockdown is likely to have a devastating impact on the incomes of workers and their dependants. There is broad agreement that the lockdown is a necessary public health response. But the economic damage that it will do to the poor needs to be addressed urgently.

We project that, in the absence of an intervention targeted at vulnerable households, the extreme poverty rate among these households will almost triple.

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