Rulof Burger

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rulof P. Burger

D.Phil (Oxon), M.Phil (Cantab), M.Comm (Stell)

 

Address: Room 511, Economics Department, CGW Schumann building, Stellenbosch

Phone: +27 (0)21 808 2328

Email: rulof @sun.ac.za

Full CV

 

Research interests: Micro-econometrics, Labour Economics, Microeconomics, Development Economics

 

Courses lectured:

  • Graduate Econometrics (Programme evaluation, Nonparamtric estimation, Panel data, Limited dependent variables, Structural estimation)
  • Graduate Microeconomics (Game theory, Behavioural Economics)
  • Graduate Macroeconomics (Growth theory)
  • Graduate Mathematical Economics
  • Graduate & undergraduate Labour Economics
  • Graduate & undergraduate Development Economics.

 

PUBLICATIONS

  • Burger, R.P. & Teal, F.J. (2015). The effect of schooling on worker productivity: Evidence from a South African industry panel. Journal of African Economies 24(5): 629-644.

  • Burger, R. P., Van der Berg, S. & Von Fintel, D. (2015). The unintended consequences of education policies on South African participation and unemployment. South African Journal of Economics 83(1): 74-100.

  • Burger, R. P. & Von Fintel, D. (2014). Rising unemployment in a growing economy: a business cycle, generational and life-cycle perspective of post-transition South Africa’s labour market. Studies in Economic and Econometrics 38(1): 35-64.

  • Burger, R. P., & Du Plessis, S. (2013). A New Keynesian Phillips curve for South Africa. In P. Schaeffer & E. Kouassi (Eds.), Econometric methods for analyzing economic development (pp. 30-48). Hershey, Pa.: IGI Global.

  • Burger, R. P., Burger, R., & Rossouw, L. (2012). The fertility transition in South Africa: A retrospective panel data analysis. Development Southern Africa, 29(5), 738-755.

  • Burger, R. P., & Jafta, R. C. C. (2012). Affirmative action in South Africa: an empirical assessment of the impact on labour market outcomes. In G. Brown, A. Langer & F. Stewart (Eds.), Affirmative action in plural societies (pp. 80-99). Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave (Conflict, Inequality and Ethnicity).

  • Black, P., Jafta, R. C. C., & Burger, R. P. (2010). Black economic empowerment. In S. Jones & R. W. Vivian (Eds.), South Africa: Economy and policy 1990-2000 (pp. 494-513). Manchester: Manchester University Press.

  • Von Fintel, D. P., & Burger, R. P. (2009). The South African labour market in the global financial crisis: recovering lost gains. In J. Hofmeyer (Ed.), Economic Transformation Audit 2009: Recession and recovery (pp. 34-42). Cape Town: African Minds / IJR.

  • Burger, R., Burger, R. P., & Du Plessis, S. (2007). Assessing NEPAD as a growth strategy: A Bayesian Averaging of Classical Estimates approach to examining the robustness of competing explanations of slow growth in African countries. In S. H. Boko & D. Seck (Eds.), NEPAD and the future of economic policy in Africa. Trenton, NJ: Africa World Press.

  • Burger, R. P., & Yu, D. (2006). Wage trends in post-apartheid South Africa: Constructing an earnings series for South Africa from household survey data. Labour Market Frontiers, 8, 1-8.

  • Burger, R. P. (2005). Labour market and employment: No gains yet for Africans from lower unemployment. In S. Brown (Ed.), Economic Transformation Audit 2005: Conflict and governance. Cape Town: UCT Press.

  • Burger, R.P., & De Villiers, P. (2005). The Macroeconomic impact of HIV/AIDS in South Africa: A supply-side analysis. Journal for Studies in Economics and Econometrics, 29, 1-14.

  • Burger, R. P., & Woolard, I. (2005). The state of the labour market in South Africa after the first decade of democracy. Journal of Vocational Education and Training, 57(4), 453-476.

  • Burger, R. P. (2004). Changing dynamics of employment and unemployment: What drives the South African labour market? In S. Brown & A. Fölscher (Eds.), Economic Transformation Audit 2004: Taking power in the economy. Cape Town: UCT Press.

 

PAPERS UNDER REVIEW

  • Burger, R. P. & McLaren, Z., An Econometric Method for Estimating Population Parameters from Non-Random Samples (revise and resubmit with Health Economics)
  • Burger, R. P., Coetzee, L.C., Kreuser, C.F., Rankin, N.A., Income and price elasticities of demand in South Africa: An application of the linear expenditure system. (Revise and resubmit with South African Journal of Economics.)
  • Burger, R. P., Klasen, S. & Zoch, A. Estimating income mobility when income is measured with error: the case of South Africa.
  • Burger, R. P. & Makaluza, N. Job-seeker entry into the two-tiered informal sector in South Africa

 

WORKS IN PROGRESS

  • Abel M, Burger R, Piraino P. The Value of Reference Letters - Experimental Evidence from South Africa. 
  • Abel M, Burger R, Carranza E, Piraino P. The effect of plan-making prompts on job search and employment.
  • Burger, R.P., Piraino, P. & Zoch, A. Are self-reported reservation wages reliablefor individuals with weak attachment to the labor market?
  • Burger, R.P., Fourie, J., Cilliers, J. Intergenerational mobility estimates in the presence of measurement error.
  • Burger, R. P. & Kreuser, C.F., Unequal partners: the determinants and consequences of intra-household inequality in South Africa.
  • Burger, R., Burger, R. P. & Smith, A, Estimating the influence of universal coverage on health seeking behaviour.
  • Burger, R.P. & Teal, F.J. Endogeneity, heterogeneity and sample selection: Estimating the shape of the schooling-earnings profile in the South African labour market.

 

UNPUBLISHED WORKING PAPERS

  •  Van der Berg, S., & Burger, R. P. (2010). Teacher pay in South Africa. Stellenbosch University, Department of Economics.
  • Van der Berg, S., Burger, R., Burger, R. P., Louw, M., & Yu, D. (2006). Trends in poverty and inequality since the political transition. Stellenbosch Working Paper 10/2006. Stellenbosch University, Department of Economics. 
  • Burger, R. P, & Jafta, R. C. C., (2006). Returns to race: Labour market discrimination in post-apartheid South Africa. Stellenbosch Working Paper 04/2006. Stellenbosch University, Department of Economics. 
  • Burger, R. P., Burger, R., & Van der Berg, S. (2004). Emergent black affluence and social mobility. DPRU Working Paper 04/87.
  • Van der Berg, S., Burger, R. P., Leibbrandt, M., & Mlatsheni, C. (2002). Migration and the changing rural-urban interface in South Africa: What can we learn from census and survey data? Paper presented at the CSAE Conference, Oxford, UK.

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20 February 2017
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20 February 2017
In the domestic section we review the latest employment, retail trade and inflation data from Statistics South Africa (Stats SA). The labour data showed that despite a quarterly dip in the unemployment rate in 2016Q4, annual job growth remained weak. Subdued employment growth makes Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan's job to balance the books in Wednesday's...

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