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Ben Smit on SARB board

Professor Ben Smit of our department and director of the Bureau for Economic Research of Stellenbosch University was recently re-appointed by the shareholders of the South African Reserve Bank to serve as a director of the Bank. He will serve another three-year term. As a leading expert on the South African macro economy, Prof Smit is also a sounding board for the Governor of the Reserve Bank on global economic shifts and policy developments.

Prof Smit's participation at the Bank is a continuation of the department’s long-standing tradition of involvement in South African economic policy-making and governance.

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South Africa's leading competition economist

Prof Nicola Theron is an extraordinary professor in the Department and currently teaches competition policy at third-year and graduate levels. She is also shareholder and manager of the private Stellenbosch-based consultancy, Econex. Prof Theron has worked as competition economist on a range of high-profile price-fixing and merger cases from the start of the new competition dispensation in the late 1990s. Previously a member of the South African Competition Tribunal, she has vast experience in the economics of regulation and competition in energy, health, telecommunications, food, steel, and a number of other industries. The GCR International Who’s Who of Competition Lawyers & Economists 2013 recently recognised Prof Theron as a leading competition expert in South Africa.
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Fourie building research networks in Sweden

Senior lecturer Dr. Johan Fourie spent August as a guest of the Department of Economic History at Lund University, Sweden. The research visit, funded by the Europe-South African programme of Erasmus Mundus, was aimed at establishing new research networks and collaboration. The visit has resulted in a co-authored paper by Fourie and Dr. Erik Green on the size and speed of decline of the Cape Khoesan population during the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. Lund University, established in 1666, is an ideal setting for such research collaboration, as it is home to the largest Economic History department in the world.
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German professor Marc Piazolo visits Stellenbosch

The Department hosts a growing number of visiting academics from abroad, expanding our international footprint and creating new opportunities for collaborative research. This semester we have the pleasure of welcoming Marc Piazolo, a Professor of Monetary and International Economics in the Graduate School of Management of the University of Applied Sciences in Kaiserslautern, Germany. Professor Piazolo visited the Department when undertaking research for his doctoral thesis in the early 1990s, and it is a pleasure to welcome him back. We wish him, Carola and their sons Simon, Lorenz and Elias a very happy time in Stellenbosch.
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PhD student attends historical demography workshop

From 21 July to 16 August 2013 PhD student Jeanne Cilliers attended the Longitudinal Analysis of Historical Demographic Data (LAHDD) workshop as part of the 50th Annual Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research’s Summer Program, hosted by the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. This is the fifth (and reportedly last) time this particular workshop is being offered and consisted of tuition in three specialized tracks, namely: (i) Historical Demography (ii) Event History Analysis, and (iii) Database Management, instructed by several leading scholars in the field of historical population studies, including George Alter, David Hacker and Ken Smith. The four week program culminated in group research projects taking the form of posters that will be on display in a session at this year’s Social Science History Association Conference in Chicago, Illinois from 21-24 November 2013.
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