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Public Economics


Public Economics

Date & time: 
Selected Tuesdays 4-5pm (CAT)

The goal of this webinar series is to provide a venue for the presentation of work in public economics and to bring together researchers in the field from the Southern African region and beyond. The series covers all areas of public economics and both theoretical and empirical work is welcome.

If you would like to present your work, please contact the series organiser, Neryvia Pillay Bell. If you would like to register to attend the series, please register here. You will receive the Zoom link information to join the meeting on the morning of the webinar. Once registered, you will then receive the Zoom link for all future webinars in this series.

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Past events: 
  • Tuesday 7 July 4-5pm (CAT): Mazhar Waseem (University of Manchester), “Overclaimed Refunds, Undeclared Sales, and Invoice Mills: Nature and Extent of Noncompliance in a Value-Added Tax"

  • Tuesday 14 July 4-5pm (CAT): Neryvia Pillay Bell (UCT, ERSA and SARB), “The impacts of unconditional cash transfers on schooling in adolescence and young adulthood: Evidence from South Africa”

  • Tuesday 28 July 4-5pm (CAT): Agustin Redonda (Council on Economic Policies), “The Distributive Impact of Pension-Related Tax Expenditures in South Africa”

  • Tuesday 4 August 4-5pm (CAT): Tim Kohler (DPRU, UCT), “Covid-19, social protection and the labour market in South Africa”

  • Tuesday 18 August 4-5pm (CAT): Francois Stofberg (University of Pretoria), “A fiscus for better economic and social development in South Africa”

  • Tuesday 1 September 4-5pm (CAT): Gabrielle Wills (Stellenbosch University), “Household resource flows and food poverty during South Africa’s lockdown: Short-term policy implications for three channels of social protection”


  • Tuesday 29 September 4-5pm (CAT): Adeola Oyenubi (Wits), “Impact of Social Transfers on depressive symptoms: Evidence from the South African Old Age Pension”

  • Cancelled - Tuesday 13 October 4-5pm (CAT): Silas Ongudi (UCT), “Prenatal health and weather related shocks under social safety net policy in Kenya”
  • Tuesday 20 October 4-5pm (CAT): Senia Nhamo and Edinah Mudimu (Unisa), “Shifting from deductions to credits: Unpacking the distributional effects of medical expenditure considerations in South Africa”

  • Tuesday, 24 November 4-5pm (CAT): Kai Barron (Berlin School of Economics (BSE) "Alcohol and short-run mortality: evidence from a modern-day prohibition"