The Department of Economics has 36 permanently employed faculty members, 2986 undergraduate students, 117 graduate students, 40 PhD students and 8 postdocs. 26 research fellows, 12 honorary professors and 3 extraordinary professors (2 extraordinary professors and 1 associate extraordinary professor) are also affiliated to the Department.
The Department is one of the leading research departments in the Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences. The number of publication units produced for full-time equivalent staff member far exceeds the Faculty average. Research is focused around five research clusters: social and economic policy (ReSEP, including education and health), monetary and macro-economics, public economics, competition economics (CCLE) and economic history (LEAP).
SOME OF THE MOST RECENT PAPERS IN THE DEPARTMENT INCLUDE:
Wagstaff, Adam, Eddy van Doorslaer, and Ronelle Burger. ‘SMS nudges as a tool to reduce tuberculosis treatment delay and pretreatment loss to follow-up. A randomized controlled trial.’ PloS One (2019).
Abel, Martin, Rulof Burger, Eliana Carranza, and Patrizio Piraino. ‘Bridging the intention-behavior gap? The effect of plan-making prompts on job search and employment.’ American Economic Journal: Applied Economics (2019).
Garbers, Chris, and Guangling Liu. ‘Macroprudential policy and foreign interest rate shocks: A comparison of loan-to-value and capital requirements.’ International Review of Economics & Finance (2018).
Von Fintel, Dieter, and Johan Fourie. ‘The Great Divergence in South Africa: Population and wealth dynamics over two centuries.’ Journal of Comparative Economics (2019).