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Wits Economics Seminar Series

Medieval Market

'We’ve learned from experience that the truth will come out. Other experimenters will repeat your experiment and find out whether you were wrong or right. Nature’s phenomena will agree or they’ll disagree with your theory. And, although you may gain some temporary fame and excitement, you will not gain a good reputation as a scientist if you haven’t tried to be very careful in this kind of work. And it’s this type of integrity, this kind of care not to fool yourself, that is missing to a large extent in much of the research in Cargo Cult Science.'

                                                                                               ~Richard P. Feynman on science

The School of Economics and Business Science (SEBS) is pleased to host the Wits Economics Seminar Series. The seminars take place on Wednesdays at 12:30 - 13:30 at the New Commerce Building (NCB), room 247. For details please contact

Autumn 2019
  • February 14, Uma Kollamparambil and Frederik Booysen (University of the Witwatersrand), 'Gender Inequality in the Prevalence of Non-Communicable Disease Multi-Morbidity in South Africa: A Decomposition Analysis' (on Thursday)
  • February 20, Jesse Naidoo (University of Pretoria), 'The Engel Curves of Noncooperative Households'
  • February 27, Prudence Magejo (University of the Witwatersrand), 'TBA'
  • March 6, Leone Walters (University of Pretoria), 'Ethnic Favoritism in South Africa: Evidence from Public Infrastructure Provision'
  • March 13, Alain Pholo (University of Johannesburg), 'TBA' (in NCB 217)
  • March 20, Nils Goldschmidt (University of Siegen), 'TBA'
  • April 3, Volker Schoer (University of the Witwatersrand), 'Findings from the Early Grade Reading Study 2: Intended and Unintended Effects'
  • April 10, Tendai Gwatidzo (University of the Witwatersrand), 'TBA'
  • April 17, Patrizio Piraino (University of Cape Town), 'TBA'
  • April 24, Aldo Sitoe (University of the Witwatersrand), 'TBA'
  • May 8, Montfort Mlachila, (International Monetary Fund), 'TBA'
  • May 15, Olanrewaju Adediran (University of the Witwatersrand), 'The Effect of Old-Age Pension on Women's Autonomy: Evidence from Quantile Regression'
Spring 2018
  • July 18, Richard Langlois (University of Connecticut), 'The Fisher Body Case and Organizational Economics'
  • August 1, Tendai Zawaira (University of Pretoria), 'Gender Inequality and Marketisation Hypothesis in sub-Saharan Africa'
  • August 8, Giampaolo Garzarelli (University of the Witwatersrand), 'Autochthonous State Formation by Fission in Southern Africa '
  • August 15, Gareth Roberts (University of the Witwatersrand), 'The Effects of the Price of Food and Beer on Crime in South Africa'
  • August 29, Augustin Fosu (Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic Research (ISSER), University of Ghana), 'The Importance of Inequality in Transforming Growth into Poverty Reduction in Africa’
  • September 6, James Galbraith (University of Texas at Austin), ‘The Measurement of Economic Inequality across Countries and through Time: an Approach with Implications for Understanding the Distributive Impact of Global Macroeconomic Conditions and Events '
  • September 12, Eleni Yitbarek (University of Pretoria), 'Credit, Training, Risk Preference and Enterprise Performance: Evidence from Ethiopia'
  • September 19, Manoel Bittencourt (University of the Witwatersrand), 'Trade Openness and Fertility Rates in Africa: Panel-Data Evidence' (13:00 - 14:00)
  • September 26, Nimrod Zalk (the DTI), ‘The Things We Lost in the Fire: The Political Economy of Post-Apartheid Restructuring of the South African Steel and Engineering Sectors.'
  • October 3, Dambala Kutela (University of the Witwatersrand), 'Cooperation under Alternative Enforcement Institutions: Evidence from Framed Field Experiment of Commons' Dilemma'
  • October 10, Kevin Nell (University of Johannesburg), 'Conditional Divergence in the Post-1989 Globalisation Period'
  • October 15 (Monday), Montie Mlachila (International Monetary Fund), 'Domestic Revenue Mobilization in sub-Saharan Africa: What are the Possibilities?' (13:00 - 14:00)
  • October 24, Joseph Ajefu and Daniela Casale (University of the Witwatersrand), 'Long-Term Effects of Exposure to War on Domestic Violence: Evidence from the Nigerian Civil War'
  • October 31, Celso Monjane (Roskilde University), 'Rethinking the Political Economy of Commodity-Based Linkages: Insights from the Coal Sector in Mozambique'