The Faculty hosts the Research Chair in the Economics of Social Policy. The Chair is held by Prof Servaas van der Berg and funded by the National Research Foundation under its South African Research Chair Initiative (SARChI).
Under this Research Chair, a team of researchers study aspects of social policy and provides policy advice in the South African and wider African contexts, with a strong emphasis on quantitative, policy relevant research.
A large part of recent research has focused on the Economics of Education. However, the research also covers topics such as poverty and inequality, the labour market, social grants, health policy, housing and municipal infrastructure.
Recent Working Papers produced within the Department on some of these areas can be accessed at here.
Prof Servaas van der Berg
Department of Economics