Early August typically sees cold temperatures in Potch and the annual Winter School for Master’s students in the School of Economics.
This year things were heated up with a focus on the context of the students’ research and a number of speakers who came to paint with that broad brush. Prof Saayman gave an overview of the history of economic thought (you have to know if your approach is new or neo-classical). Ed Kerby of LEAP at Stellenbosch spoke about economic history research and seven major themes in the field: Micro analysis, Living standards, Economic growth, Institutions, Monetary economics, Culture and Development Economics. Prof Raymond Parsons spoke about South Africa’s policies and political economy (particularly relevant now that the ANC’s NEC has called for a re-planning of the NDP). And finally Prof Andre Heymans gave an overview of research specifically in the Finance field.
Do your Master’s degree – get a black belt in Economics!