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pdf.png IdentIfyIng Binding Constraints In educatIon 2017 HOT

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The present report is the culmination of 18 months of research exploring how to overcome the implementation challenge in education, defined as the gap between admirable policies and abysmal outcomes. The central focus of this report is on the binding constraints that limit learning in South African schools, specifically learning to read in the Foundation Phase (grades 1 – 3).



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pdf.png Identifying Binding Constraints in Education. Synthesis report 2016 HOT

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From the various reviews of existing literature and new research conducted for this project, there emerged four binding constraints to improved educational outcomes for the poor. These were weak institutional functionality; undue union influence; weak teacher content knowledge and pedagogical skill; Wasted learning time and insufficient opportunity to learn. These four factors interact and lead to low educational outcomes
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pdf.png Vulnerability In Employment: Evidence From South Africa 2016 HOT

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This paper aims to update the impression of vulnerability in the labour market, based on waves one and three of the National Income Dynamics Study (NIDS). DPRU Working Paper 201604 



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pdf.png Research Report: Job Counselling, Productivity Signals and Employment: The Value of Reference Letters - Experimental Evidence from South Africa

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This study investigates the role of information asymmetries in the low-skill sector in South Africa. It documents that information asymmetries are prevalent in this market and employers struggle to identify high ability job seekers. The study finds that a simple intervention - encouraging job seekers to obtain a standardized reference letter from a former employer - can lead to substantial improvements in firms' ability to select job seekers of higher ability from the large pool of applicants.



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pdf.png Executive Summary: Job Counselling, Productivity Signals and Employment: The Value of Reference Letters - Experimental Evidence from South Africa HOT

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This study investigates the role of information asymmetries in the low-skill sector in South Africa. It documents that information asymmetries are prevalent in this market and employers struggle to identify high ability job seekers. The study finds that a simple intervention - encouraging job seekers to obtain a standardized reference letter from a former employer - can lead to substantial improvements in firms' ability to select job seekers of higher ability from the large pool of applicants.



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pdf.png Large & Medium Firms in eThekwini: Presentation of the Survey and of Key Survey Results 2016

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In order to understand firms better in their context, data were collected in 2013 and in the early parts of 2014 from a subset of firms in a particular area of South Africa. Information related to a wide range of key firm dimensions - how the firms see their economic environment, what factors drive an expansion of production, what are the barriers to firm growth, what key aspects of labour relations define the firms, etc. - was obtained through a survey in an economically important Metro region of South Africa, eThekwini. This document sets out the survey as well as some key characteristics of the firms approached. 



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pdf.png Economic empowerment in firms: Evidence from the eThekwini Medium & Large Firm Survey 2017

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Because of the lack of empirical data, this study was able to take advantage of the Durban Firms survey to assess the effect of BEE on the firms’ structures over time.



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pdf.png Large & Medium Manufacturing Firms in eThekwini: Constraints to Growth and Employment Generation 2016

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This report looks at the wide range of factors that constrain the expansion of firms using data from a 2013/14 survey of manufacturing establishments that has a cost of doing business orientation of this type.



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2017-09-13
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pdf.png Skills in Medium and Large Manufacturing Establishments in eThekwini: A Presentation of Key Features and Related Issues 2016

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This report looks at skill issues in firms. As should be clear, such issues present themselves as a considerable challenge to countries seeking to deepen their industrialisation path. Improving industrialisation prospects requires some persistence in enhancing the supply of necessary skills. However, without a measure of industrialisation, efforts to sustain a skills supply become difficult.



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pdf.png Reconsidering rural development: Using livelihood analysis to examine rural development in the former homelands of South Africa 2017

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This report examines rural development policy in South Africa, through livelihoods analysis of impoverished and vulnerable rural households in the former homeland communal areas.



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