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During our first ten years, the majority of EPRI’s research focused more broadly on economic and fiscal policy in South Africa. This work was largely macroeconomic in nature, and aimed to understand how economic policy can support the objectives of inclusive economic growth, job creation and redistribution. Much of this work has focused on South Africa’s social security system and system of social grants, which we continue to work on today.

In 2003 Michael Samson and Guy Standing published A Basic Income Grant for South Africa, an accessible collection of the current research on the issue, with chapters by both proponents and critics of the Basic Income Grant. It is available in Juta Bookstores.

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Policy Toolkit for
Developing Countries 

2011

Strengthening social protection responses to the global economic downturn:
A policy toolkit for developing countries 

Michael Samson

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OECD Policy
Guidance Note 

2009

Social cash transfers and pro-poor growth
in Promoting Pro-Poor Growth: Social Protection, OECD (2009)  

Michael Samson

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Working paper #80 

2009

The private sector and cash transfers in Africa 

Sheshangai Kaniki

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Research papers #39 and #40 

6 November 2007

The social and economic impacts of South Africa’s Child Support Grant 

Martin J. Williams

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Research papers #39 and #40 

6 November 2007

The social and economic impacts of South Africa’s Child Support Grant 

Martin J. Williams

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Research paper #37 

30 September 2004

The social and economic impact of South Africa’s social security system 

Michael Samson, Una Lee, Asanda Ndlebe, Kenneth Mac Quene, Ingrid van Niekerk, Viral Gandhi, Tomoko Harigaya and Celeste Abrahams

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Research paper #36 

17 November 2003

The fundamental determinants of the rand exchange rate: a historical and forward-looking analysis 

Michael Samson, Samson Ampofo, Kenneth Mac Quene, Asanda Ndlebe and Ingrid van Niekerk

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Research paper #35 

1 October 2003

The volatility of the rand and its impact on the manufacturing sector: the impact on exporters and investors 

Michael Samson, Samson Ampofo, Kenneth Mac Quene, Asanda Ndlebe and Ingrid van Niekerk

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Research paper #34 

30 June 2001

AIDS, poverty and malnutrition 

Carrie Green, Robert van Niekerk and Michael Samson

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Research paper #33 

31 August 2001

Investigating incomes and living conditions of farm workers in the rural Western Cape: a case study on social policy and methodological issues 

Russell Bishop

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Research paper #31 

21 January 2002

Research review on social security reform and the Basic Income Grant for South Africa 

Michael Samson, Oliver Babson, Claudia Haarmann, Dirk Haarmann, Gilbert Kathi, Kenneth Mac Quene and Ingrid van Niekerk

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Research paper #30 

27 January 2002

Poverty, HIV/AIDS and social security 

Kenneth Mac Quene, Michael Samson, Ingrid van Niekerk and Talitha McCarthy-Johnson

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Research paper #29 

25 March 2002

Linkages between poverty and the environment: evidence from cross-country studies and the 1999 October Household Survey 

Allison Stevens, Talitha McCarthy-Johnson, Michael Samson, Kenneth Mac Quene and Ingrid van Niekerk

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Research paper #28 

31 May 2002

South Africa’s tax capacity: a developing country analysis 

Ingrid van Niekerk

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Transforming the Present 

Protecting the Future

Consolidated Report

May 2002

Research contributions to the Committee of Inquiry into a Comprehensive System of Social Security for South Africa‘s Consolidated Report 

EPRI’s contributions were largely featured in Chapter 5 of the document presented to the Department of Social Development in May 2002.

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Research paper #27 

31 July 2001

Disability, poverty and social security 

Oliver Babson, Dan Rosenblum and Allison Stevens

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Research paper #26 

3 August 2001

The socio-economic impact of “workfare”: welfare reform lessons from the United States and other international experiences 

Michael Samson, Daniel Rosenblum, Claudia Haarmann, Dirk Haarmann, Kenneth Mac Quene and Ingrid van Niekerk

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Research paper #25 

15 June 2001

The impact of social security on school enrolment in South Africa 

Michael Samson, Oliver Babson, Claudia Haarmann, Dirk Haarmann, Gilbert Khathi, Kenneth Mac Quene and Ingrid van Niekerk

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Research paper #24 

15 June 2001

Social security take-up and the means test in South Africa 

Michael Samson, Oliver Babson, Claudia Haarmann, Dirk Haarmann, Gilbert Khathi, Kenneth Mac Quene and Ingrid van Niekerk

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Research paper #23 

15 June 2001

Methodological issues in evaluating poverty policy 

Michael Samson, Oliver Babson, Claudia Haarmann, Dirk Haarmann, Gilbert Khathi, Kenneth Mac Quene and Ingrid van Niekerk

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Research paper #22 

15 June 2001

The fiscal impact of a Basic Income Grant in South Africa 

Michael Samson, Oliver Babson, Claudia Haarmann, Dirk Haarmann, Gilbert Khathi, Kenneth Mac Quene and Ingrid van Niekerk

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Research paper #21 

15 June 2001

The economic impact of a Basic Income Grant in South Africa 

Michael Samson, Oliver Babson, Claudia Haarmann, Dirk Haarmann, Gilbert Khathi, Kenneth Mac Quene and Ingrid van Niekerk

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Research paper #20 

15 June 2001

The social impact of reform options in South Africa: the universal Child Support Grant and the Basic Income Grant 

Michael Samson, Oliver Babson, Claudia Haarmann, Dirk Haarmann, Gilbert Khathi, Kenneth Mac Quene and Ingrid van Niekerk

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Research paper #19 

15 June 2001

The impact of the social security system on poverty in South Africa 

Michael Samson, Oliver Babson, Claudia Haarmann, Dirk Haarmann, Gilbert Khathi, Kenneth Mac Quene and Ingrid van Niekerk

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Research paper #18 

10 September 2001

Capital/skills-intensity and job creation: an analysis of policy options 

Michael Samson, Kenneth Mac Quene and Ingrid van Niekerk

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Research paper #15 

15 November 2000

Macroeconomic options for job creation and social development 

Michael Samson, Kenneth Mac Quene and Ingrid van Niekerk

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Research paper #14 

29 December 2000

An economic appraisal of arguments for and against South Africa’s proposed capital gains tax legislation 

Michael Samson, Jason Stanley, Kenneth Mac Quene and Ingrid van Niekerk

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Research paper #13 

18 March 2001

Investigating the potential for job creation in the tourism industry with particular reference to disadvantaged communities 

M.G. Kathi

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Research paper #12 

18 March 2001

Gender equality and comprehensive social security reform 

Amiena Bayat, Ingrid van Niekerk and Michael Samson

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Research paper #11 

May 2000

An appraisal of the health and welfare system and its reform 

Robert van Niekerk

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Research paper #10 

11 September 2000

The macroeconomics of job-creating growth 

Michael Samson

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Research paper #9 

26 April 2000

The macro-economic implications of poverty-reducing income transfers 

Michael Samson, Oliver Babson, Kenneth Mac Quene, Ingrid van Niekerk and Robert van Niekerk

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Research paper #8 

26 September 1999

Re-orienting monetary and financial policy towards job creation and the interests of the poor 

Michael Samson and Amiena Bayat

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Research paper #7 

6 August 1999

Poverty-eradicating job creation 

Michael Samson, Ingrid van Niekerk and Nokanyo Bovula

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Research paper #5 

27 July 1999

South Africa’s arms acquisition package: an analysis of the socio-economic costs and benefits 

Michael Samson, Kenneth Mac Quene, Ingrid van Niekerk and Sally Umlauf

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Research paper #4 

16 October 1998

Social investment, economic growth and redistribution: implications for South Africa’s policy dilemmas 

Michael Samson

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