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Journal articles


Hatch, M., & Posel, D. (2018). Who cares for children? A quantitative study of childcare in South Africa. Development Southern Africa, 1-16.

Casale, D., Espi, G., & Norris, S. A. (2018). Estimating the pathways through which maternal education affects stunting: evidence from an urban cohort in South Africa. Public health nutrition, 1-9.

Cassim, A., & Casale, D. (2018). How large is the wage penalty in the labour broker sector? WIDER Working Paper 2018/48


Desmond, C., & Casale, D. (2017). Catch-up growth in stunted children: Definitions and predictors. PloS one, 12(12), e0189135.

Langbein, J., Peters, J., & Vance, C. (2017). Outdoor cooking prevalence in developing countries and its implication for clean cooking policies. Environmental Research Letters12(11), 115008.

Bensch, G., Peters, J., & Sievert, M. (2017). The lighting transition in rural Africa—From kerosene to battery-powered LED and the emerging disposal problem. Energy for Sustainable Development39, 13-20.

Lenz, L., Munyehirwe, A., Peters, J., & Sievert, M. (2017). Does large-scale infrastructure investment alleviate poverty? Impacts of Rwanda’s electricity access roll-out program. World Development, 89, 88-110.

Dube, G., & Casale, D. (2017) Informal sector taxes and equity: Evidence from presumptive taxation in Zimbabwe. Development Policy Review.

Fleisch, B., Taylor, S., Schöer, V., & Mabogoane, T. (2017). Failing to catch up in reading in the middle years: The findings of the impact evaluation of the Reading Catch-Up Programme in South Africa. International Journal of Educational Development, 53, 36-47.

Roberts, G., & Schöer, V. (2017). Is there a trade-off between the employment and wages of unskilled African South Africans?. Development Southern Africa, 34(5), 515-528.

Romm, A. T. (2017). Retirement date effects on saving behavior: Endogenous labor supply and non‐separable preferences. International Journal of Economic Theory13(3), 327-346.


Fleisch, B., Schöer, V., Roberts, G., & Thornton, A. (2016). System-wide improvement of early-grade mathematics: New evidence from the Gauteng Primary Language and Mathematics Strategy. International Journal of Educational Development, 49, 157-174.

Peters, J., & Sievert, M. (2016). Impacts of rural electrification revisited–the African context. Journal of Development Effectiveness, 8(3), 327-345.

Peters, J., Langbein, J., & Roberts, G. (2016). Policy evaluation, randomized controlled trials, and external validity—A systematic review. Economics Letters147, 51-54.


Grimm, M., & Peters, J. (2015). Beer, Wood, and Welfare‒The Impact of Improved Stove Use Among Dolo-Beer Breweries. PloS one10(8), e0132603.

Bensch, G., Grimm, M., & Peters, J. (2015). Why do households forego high returns from technology adoption? Evidence from improved cooking stoves in Burkina Faso. Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization116, 187-205.

Bensch, G., & Peters, J. (2015). The intensive margin of technology adoption–Experimental evidence on improved cooking stoves in rural Senegal. Journal of health economics42, 44-63.

Fleisch, B., Schoer, V., & Cliff, A. (2015). When signals are lost in aggregation: A comparison of language marks and competencies of first-year university students. South African Journal of Higher Education29(5), 156-178.

Peters, J., Sievert, M., & Strupat, C. (2015). Impacts of a Micro-Enterprise Clustering Programme on Firm Performance in Ghana. The European Journal of Development Research, 27(1), 99-121. 


Fleisch, B. & Schöer, V. (2014). Large-scale Instructional Reform in the Global South: Insights from the Mid-point Evaluation of the Gauteng Primary Language and Mathematics Strategy. South African Journal of Education. 34(3): 1-12

Peters, J., Strupart C. & Vance,C. (2014) Television and Contraceptive Use - Panel Data Evidence from Rural Indonesia, Journal of Development Studies, 50(11): 1538-1549 

Schöer, V., Rankin, N.A. & Roberts, G. (2014). Accessing the First Job in a Slack Labour Market: Job Matching in South Africa. Journal of International Development, 26(1): 1-22


Rankin, N.A. & Schöer, V. (2013). Export destination, Product Quality and Wages in a Middle-Income Country: The Case of South Africa. Review of Development Economics, 17(1): 64-73. An earlier version can be found here.


Rankin, N.A., Schöer, V., Sebastiao, C., & Van Walbeek, C. (2012). Predictors of Academic Performance: National Senior Certificate versus National Benchmark Tests. South African Journal of Higher Education. 26(3):564-583


Falco, P., Kerr, A., Rankin, N.A., Sandefur, J. & Teal, F. (2011). The Returns to Formality and Informality in Urban Africa, Labour Economics,  18(S1): S23-S31.

Garzarelli, G., Keeton, L., Schoer, V. & Sitoe, A. (2011). Worker's Compensation, Minimum Wages and Moral Hazard Scope: Stylized Considerations on a South African Case, Occupational Health Southern Africa, 17(6)

Hunt, K., Ntuli, M., Rankin, N.A., Schöer, V. & Sebastiao C. (2011). Comparability of NSC Mathematics Scores and Former SC Mathematics Scores: How Consistent is the Signal Across Time?. Education as Change, 15(1): 3-16

Rankin, N.A. & Roberts, G. (2011) Youth Unemployment, Firm Size and Reservation Wages in South Africa, South African Journal of Economics, 79(2): 128 - 145


Schöer, V., Hunt, K., Ntuli, M., Rankin, N.A. & Sebastiao, C. (2010). A Blurred Signal? The Usefulness of NSC Mathematics Marks As Predictors of Academic Performance at University Level. Perspectives in Education, 29(2): 9-18


Edwards, L., Rankin, N.A., Schöer, V. (2008). South African Exporting Firms: What Do We Know and What Should We Know Journal of Development Perspectives, 4 (1): 67-92. An earlier version can be found here.

Creamer, K., Rankin, N.A. (2008). Price Setting in South Africa 2001 to 2007: Stylised Facts using Consumer Price Micro Data Journal of Development Perspectives, 4 (1): 93-118. A version can be found here.


Rankin, N.A., Söderbom, M. & Teal, F. (2006). Exporting from Manufacturing Firms in Sub-Saharan Africa, Journal of African Economies, 15(4): 671-687

Schöer V. & Leibbrandt M. (2006), Determinants of Job Search Strategies: Evidence from the Khayelitsha/Mitchell’s Plain Survey, South African Journal of Economics,74(4): 702-724

Working Papers


Levinsohn, J., Rankin, N.A., Roberts, G. & Schöer, V. (2014) Wage Subsidies and Youth Employment in South Africa: Evidence from a Randomized Control Trial, Stellenbosch Working Paper 02/14, Stellenbosch University, South Africa

Rankin, N.A., Roberts, G. & Schöer, V. (2014) The Success of Learnerships? Lessons from South Africa's Training and Educaton Programme, UNU-WIDER Working Paper 2014/068, World Institute for Development Economics Research, Helsinki, Finland 


Schöer, V. & Shepherd, D. (2013) Compulsory Tutorial Programme in Undergraduate Microeconomics: A Regression Discontinuity Design, MPRA Paper 49716, University Library of Munich, Germany