Working Papers

Selected works in progress

(very provisional titles)

Monopsony, wage floors and structural transformation with Ihsaan Bassier
Funded by UNU-WIDER as part of the SA-TIED programme.

Economic and social costs of rolling blackouts in South Africa
Funded by UNU-WIDER as part of the SA-TIED programme.

Stimulus effects of government jobs and grants programmes with Ihsaan Bassier
Funded by Agence française de développement with the support of the European Union; commissioned by the Project Management Office in the South African Presidency.

Working Papers

Social Distress and (Some) Relief: Estimating the impact of pandemic job loss on poverty in South Africa with Ihsaan Bassier and Maya Goldman
[July 2022 version]

Estimating employment responses to South Africa’s Employment Tax Incentive with Amina Ebrahim
[July 2021 version]

The labor market and poverty impacts of covid-19 in South Africa with Ihsaan Bassier, Ronak Jain, and Rocco Zizzamia
[July 2020 version | Code | Op-Ed]

  • This work was part of a series of papers we wrote documenting the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic in South Africa, using the first three waves of the NIDS-CRAM data.
    [Wave 2, Nov 2020 version | Code | Op-Ed] [Wave 3, Feb 2021 version | Code]
  • By Wave 3 of NIDS-CRAM and the 4th quarter of Statistics South Africa’s 2020 Quarterly Labour Force Survey, it became clear that a significant divergence between the datasets had emerged. See my Op-Ed with Ihsaan Bassier and Andrew Kerr [Op-Ed].

Markups and market structure in South Africa: What can be learnt from new administrative data?
[August 2019 version]

South African poverty lines: A review and two new money-metric thresholds with Murray Leibbrandt and Ingrid Woolard
[August 2015 version | Op-Ed]