Understanding the South African Labour Market


The course is aimed at researchers, postgraduate students and analysts who want the theoretical background and practical skills to analyse labour force surveys.  

Course Content:  

  • Labour Supply
  • Labour Demand
  • Minimum wages
  • Education and human capital
  • Where do labour statistics come from?
  • Unemployment
  • Trade unions and the public sector
  • Discrimination

Prerequisites:  Course participants will be expected to have already acquired basic Stata skills.  Don't know Stata?  Have a look at our Introduction to Stata course.

Date:  3 August 2021.  This course will run for 11 weeks online starting on Tuesday 3 August.  Lectures will be every Tuesday, 14h00-15h30 and practicals will be on Wednesdays, 10h00 to 11h30. 

Mode of Delivery: The course will be delivered online. Participants will need to have a reasonable internet connection. Sessions will be recorded, so participants will be able to review the material and course notes will be made available.

Course Instructors:  Andrew Kerr, Associate Professor in the School of Economics, and Bruce McDougall, Researcher, DataFirst

Course Fees:  The cost of the course is R 10 500.00. Partial scholarships are available to bona fide students and academics.

Closing Date: Apply online

This is a joint SALDRU and DataFirst course.

Participant comments

"This is a good overview on labour market issues in South Africa. Beginning with the theory of labour demand and supply, and human capital, specific South African issues such as discrimination, transport costs and the role of unions are addressed. We had the opportunity to analyse data so that we were able to improve our Stata skills while finding statistical evidence of what we are studying!" (Silvia Napolitana, PhD student, Sapienza University of Rome)

"The practicals were useful as it allowed me to work with real data, and gave me good insight into the theory. I also liked the models that Vimal did on labour demand, labour supply and minimum wage. I would have liked more focus on the topics covered in the first two days - Labour Demand, Labour Supply and Human Capital; they were very useful. The search frictions module was the most interesting. I would recommend this course because the content is relevant and is pitched at the appropriate level for people in the field with work experience." (Teboho Qholosha, Eastern Cape Socioeconomic Consultative Council)


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