Neil Rankin

Contact details

Email: neilrankin[at]sun.ac.za

Phone: +27(0)21 808-2678

Room 404
Schumann building
Private Bag X1, Matieland, 7602

Twitter: NeilRankinZA

 

Research

Recent published papers
Exchange Rate Pass-Through to Consumer Prices in South Africa: Evidence from Micro-Data,” with Janine Aron, Kenneth Creamer and John Muellbauer, Journal of Development Studies, forthcoming

"Accessing the First Job in a Slack Labour Market: Job Matching in South Africa," with Gareth A. Roberts and Volker Schöer, Journal of International Development, vol. 26(1), pages 1-22, January 2014.
 
"Export Destination, Product Quality and Wages in a Middle-Income Country. The Case of South Africa," with Volker Schöer, Review of Development Economics, vol. 17(1), pages 64-73, February 2013.
 
Recent working papers
The success of learnerships? Lessons from South Africa’s training and education programme,” with Gareth Roberts and Volker Schöer, UNU-WIDER Working Paper, March 2014

Wage subsidies and youth employment in South Africa: Evidence from a randomised control trial,” with James Levinsohn, Gareth Roberts and Volker Schöer, Stellenbosch Economic Working Paper, 02/14, January 2014

"Exchange Rate Pass-Through to Consumer Prices in South Africa: Evidence from Micro-Data," with Janine Aron, Kenneth Creamer and John Muellbauer, Discussion paper 9735, Centre for Economic Policy Research, November 2013.

Education and Employment in Zambia: Evidence from a Scoping Exercise,” with Herryman Moono, International Growth Centre Working Paper, August 2013

"Is Africa Integrating? Evidence from Product Markets," with Lawrence Edwards, Working Paper 292, Economic Research Southern Africa, June 2012

Recent other research
The financial crisis and its enduring legacy for youth employment,” with Gareth Roberts, Volker Schöer and Debra Shepherd, in Jan Hofmeyr (ed) The Youth Dividend. Unlocking the potential of young South Africans, Institute for Justice and Reconciliation, 2012
Networks and the employment of African youth: Challenges to matching firms with workers,” with Gareth Roberts and Volker Schöer, in Jan Hofmeyr (ed) Vision or vacuum? Governing the South African economy, Institute for Justice and Reconciliation, 2011

 

Data

South African Labour Market Entry Survey (LMES)

This is a panel dataset of four years (2009-2012) which follows young South Africans, aged 20-24 in the first round, as they transition into the labour market. Participants in a randomised control trial of a wage subsidy voucher were drawn from this data. For a subset of the individuals information was collected from the firms which they worked for. In addition to this linked data, a broader sample of randomly chosen firms were interviewed (these firms have no link to the LMES dataset).
 
Citation: Rankin, Neil A., Gareth A. Roberts, and Volker SchÓ§er. (2014). South African Labour Market Entry Survey (version 0.1)
 
Documentation and Data
A guide to the South African Labour Market Entry Survey (LMES) v0.1, LMES v0.1 and LMES_matched_firms v0.1
 
Do file which produces the tables for the 3ie final report

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10 December
Dominating the domestic headlines last week was the news that South Africa exited a technical recession in 2018Q3. While this was widely expected, the pace of GDP growth surprised on the upside. More on this in the domestic section. After the release of some survey data for the fourth quarter (see domestic section for details), a spate of actual activity...

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Dominating the domestic headlines last week was the news that South Africa exited a technical recession in 2018Q3. While this was widely expected, the pace of GDP growth surprised on the upside. More on this in the domestic section. After the release of some survey data for the fourth quarter (see domestic section for details), a spate of actual activity...

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