Sofia Monteiro is a Master’s student in Applied Economics at the University of Cape Town. Her research interests include experimental and labour economics, with a particular focus on inequality.
Sofia’s current research aims to address some important questions about inter-generational inequality. The research straddles the literatures of experimental and labour economics and relates to the South African crisis of inequality. Sofia uses behavioural economics methods to design experiments, such as public goods games, which evaluate the causal impact of capital transmission on inequality over time. Previously she studied the ‘decent work’ debate and rival narratives of the wage-employment relationship in South Africa. Sofia has been a research assistant with the University of Cape Town and the Centre for the Study of African Economies, Oxford University. Further, she has assisted with the Activate! project, conducting baseline interviews for experimental evaluation of the leadership programme.
During her Bachelor’s, Sofia gained primary research experience designing and conducting a contingent valuation survey to determine whether pricing waste per-bag would reduce levels of residential waste entering landfills (versus the current flat fee system). The results were presented at the Fynbos Forum, 2012. Following her undergraduate degree in Economics and Psychology for which she achieved distinction, she graduated with BSocSc (Honours) in Economics, First Class. Sofia was awarded the class medal for Labour Economics during her Honour’s year and was on the Dean’s Merit list during her Bachelor’s.