Monthly Archives: November 2012

Research on Socioeconomic Policy (RESEP) now has a home!

The research team of which I am a part  now has a home of its own on the interwebs ( I’d encourage anyone who’s interested in social policy (education, poverty, unemployment, inequality etc) or general research on South Africa to take a look. We have past reports, Working Papers, Policy briefings, and training videos and will update it as we go…

Links I liked…

this is not my life forever

  • Angela Duckworth on Grit (TED) – great talk about why some people succeed and others fail, and that we should be refocusing the discussion away from genius and towards the qualities that lead to “realized genius”
  • Jonathan Jansen on “The Mathematics of Democracy” – Helen Suzman Memorial lecture
  • Quote of the day: “Researchers have a duty to provide more than negative messages and evidence of complexity. There needs to be a meeting point between researchers’ recognition of complexity and practitioners’ hunger for guidance” From here 

Record inequality between rich and poor


Nice 2.5 minute video explaining the trends in income inequality in OECD countries (click the picture) . Some useful links from Save the Children:

Reading to some purpose…

America Disability Association: Stairs

Articles I’ve read and really enjoyed:

  • Chapter 2 “Economist & Educator” of Beeby’s classic book “The Quality of Education in Developing Countries” – a lovely read for those bridging the two worlds of education and economics.”
  • Why three is the magic number” – Financial Times article about the importance of the 0-3 years phase in a child’s life. Found lots of parallels between this article and the one I wrote on preschool (here)
  • Better Vision for Education: Making eyeglasses available to primary school students in rural China substantially increased test scores – JPAL research brief 
  • And the quote of the dayAnd I submit that this is what the real, no-bullshit value of your liberal arts education is supposed to be about: how to keep from going through your comfortable, prosperous, respectable adult life dead, unconscious, a slave to your head and to your natural default setting of being uniquely, completely, imperially alone day in and day out.” – David Foster Wallace from here)