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  • Social distancing in macrodynamic models

    Posted on October 28, 2020

    During the COVID-19 pandemic, policymakers have often relied on epidemiology models to track the spread of the outbreak. However, such models lack the necessary tools to account for individual behaviour potentially influencing the dynamics of the pandemic. This column integrates individual...

  • Top UP Econometrics alumnus excels at LSE

    Posted on September 09, 2020

    Ms Katie Kironde, who passed her BCom Econometrics and honours degrees at UP with distinction in 2014 and 2015, completed her MSc in Economics at the London School of Economics (LSE) this year, graduating with merit.

  • Prestigious scholarship granted to Economics alumnus

    Posted on September 09, 2020

    Mr Pieter Scribante, a top alumnus of the Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences’ Department of Economics, has received the prestigious Chevening Scholarship to pursue an MSc degree in Political Science and Political Economy at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).

  • SA needs new path to growth post-COVID-19, says SARB Governor Lesetja Kganyago at webinar celebrating bank’s partnership with UP

    Posted on August 13, 2020

    “South Africa’s debt situation is critical. And our rebound from lockdown is looking weak compared with other countries. As a country, we need to find a path back to fiscal sustainability and growth.”

  • South Africa’s economic slowdown is not cyclical – we have a massive structural problem, writes UP economics professor

    Posted on July 27, 2020

    A typical business cycle in economics is cyclical and looks like a sine curve: it has peaks and troughs at regular intervals, and can be likened to the seasons: after winter comes spring, then summer, autumn, and low and behold, winter again. It is predictable.

  • A big effort to invest in education will pay off in the long term for South Africa

    Posted on May 27, 2020

    South Africa’s economy has consistently been a two-speed economy. It has one of the highest inequality rates in the world, characterised by gaps in opportunities for its citizens and by severe poverty lasting from one generation to the next.

  • Alumna profile: Dr Adél Bosch

    Posted on May 25, 2020

    “The PhD process gives you the confidence to take on any task, no matter how big and to persevere and get it done. It teaches you how to break largescale problems into smaller pieces. This in turn assists in making better decisions at work and provides more provoking thoughts on...

  • Alumnus: Dr Victor Ngobeni

    Posted on May 11, 2020

    Being involved in public policy and the shaping of the everyday lives of poor people, is the most rewarding aspect of his current position as Director: Water and Sanitation and COGTA (Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs), says Dr Victor Ngobeni. Along with 15 other PhD...

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