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24 February 2017
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17 Jan 2017
 
 
Factors contributing to the demise of informal enterprises: evidence from a Cape township
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The reasons for the closure of fairly well-established informal enterprises are varied. Between 2010 and 2015, in the Cape Flats township of Delft South, a key factor was the failure to respond...
 
 
13 Dec 2016
 
Youth unemployment: what can we do in the short run?
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The challenge of youth unemployment is shaped by factors in both the labour market and the education system, alongside intricate community, household and individual-level issues. This complex...
 
 
21 Nov 2016
 
The employability of higher education graduates: are qualifications enough?
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The transition from higher education to employment is a challenge, considering persistent graduate un- and underemployment. Qualifications are not enough. Graduates (should) develop a ‘workplace...
 
 
12 Oct 2016
 
Are internal migrants more likely to be unemployed than locally born residents?
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This article compares the labour-market status of migrants and locally born residents. The focus is on migration into Cape Town and the Western Cape from elsewhere in South Africa. Survey and...
 
 
22 Sep 2016
 
 
 
Between the devil and the deep blue sea? The financing of higher education
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Higher-than-inflation increases in student fees since 2009 often are blamed on declining government subsidies to universities. This is not entirely correct, if one considers real per-student...
 
 
07 Sep 2016
 
The nuts and bolts of micro-manufacturing in the township - a Cape Town case study
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The informal sector is frequently viewed as comprising only street traders. However, micro-manufacturing of various types constitutes a small but significant component. A Cape Town case study of...
 
 
12 Aug 2016
 
Predicting the impact of a national minimum wage: are the general equilibrium models up to the task?
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This article analyses whether computable general equilibrium (CGE) models are suitable for projecting the likely consequences of implementing a national minimum wage. Referring to modelling...
 
 
25 Jul 2016
 
Wealth inequality – striking new insights from tax data
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Although South Africa is known for its extreme income inequality, the degree of wealth inequality is even greater. New tax and survey data suggest that 10% of the population own at least 90–95% of...
 
 
 
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