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My research focusses on microeconometric applications in the fields of Development Economics, South African Labour markets and Cliometrics (in the Dutch era of the Cape Colony).
PhD (Economics) - ongoing, Stellenbosch
MComm (Economics) cum laude, Stellenbosch
HonsBComm (Economics & Mathematical Statistics) cum laude, Stellenbosch
Towards understanding the impact of the international financial crisis on child poverty: Lessons from South Africa. In (eds.) Harper, C., Jones, N., Mendoze, R.U., Stewart, D. and Strand, E., Children in Crisis: Seeking Child-Sensitive Policy Responses. (with Margaret Chitiga, Bernard Decaluwé, Ramos Mabugu, Hélène Maisonnave, Véronique Robichaud, Debra Shepherd and Servaas Van Der Berg), 2012.
The Fruit of the Vine? An Augmented Endowments-Inequality Hypothesis and the Rise of an Elite in the Cape Colony (with Johan Fourie) in Amsdem, Di Caprio and Robinson (eds) The Role of Elites in Economics Development. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 2012.
'n Ongelyke Oes: Die Franse Hugenote en die vroeë Kaapse wynbedryf. (met Johan Fourie) - Tydskrif vir Geesteswetenskappe. Vol. 51(3): 332-353, 2011.
A History with Evidence: Income inequality in the Dutch Cape Colony (with Johan Fourie) - Economic History of Developing Regions, Vol. 26(1), 2011.
Residential Property Prices in a Sub-Market of South Africa: Separating Real Returns from Attribute Growth (with Michael Els) - South African Journal of Economics Vol 78(4): 418-436, 2010.
Dynamics of inequality in a newly settled pre-industrial society: the case of the Cape Colony (with Johan Fourie), Cliometrica Vol 4(3): 229-267, 2010.
The South African Labour Market in the Global Financial Crisis - recovering lost gains (with Rulof Burger) - Chapter for the Transformation Audit 2009, Institute for Justice and Reconciliation.
Dealing With Earnings Bracket Responses In Household Surveys - How Sharp Are Midpoint Imputations? South African Journal of Economics Vol 71, 2007
The impact of the economic crisis on child poverty in South Africa (with Servaas van der Berg, Debra Shepherd, Ramos Magubu, Helene Maissonave, Veronique Robichaud, Bernard Decaluwe and Margaret Chitiga)
Work in Progress
Currently I am working on the first and second papers of my dissertation. Both relate to labour market inflexibility, by identifying a lack of a wage curve in South Africa, along with the underlying mechanisms thereof. The instrumentation strategies I am following exploits historical policies and long-term geographical features of the economy.
The role of levels of numerical ability and numeric confidence in the South African wage function (with Gideon du Rand and Hendrik van Broekhuizen)
Who Responds to Voluntary Cognitive Tests in Household Surveys? The Role of Labour Market Status, Respondent Confidence, Motivation and a Culture of Learning in South Africa (with Gideon du Rand and Hendrik van Broekhuizen)
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