Servaas van der Berg

Servaas van der Berg
Professor (National Research Foundation Chair in Social Policy) at Stellenbosch University (South Africa)

Bio and Research Interest

He joined the Department of Economics at University of Stellenbosch in 1982, currently holding the rank of Professor of Economics. He teaches courses in Poverty and Distribution, Development Economics, and Economics of Education.  During his career he has served as a consultant for numerous national and international organizations and agencies, including the World Bank, UNICEF, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Development Bank of Southern Africa, the African Economic Research Consortium (AERC), and the Institute for Policy Analysis (AIPA).  He also has worked collaboratively on a number of economic and educational projects.  His most recent project is called “Binding Constraints in Education,” and is a multi-part study financed by the Project to Support Pro-Poor Policy Development, a partnership project between the South African Presidency and the European Union. This multifaceted project is investigating all facets of the school education system to assist in identifying the major constraints to improved learning in schools.  His research interests include economic development, poverty, income distribution, and social policy.


University of Stellenbosch, 1987


van der Berg, S.(2015). What the Annual National Assessments can tell us about learning deficits over the education system and the school career. South African Journal of Childhood Education 5(2): 28-43 

van der Berg, S. & Sheperd, D. (2015). Continuous assessment and matriculation examination marks – an empirical examination. South African Journal of Childhood Education 5(2): 78-94 

Taylor, S., van der Berg, S. Reddy, V.,  & Janse van Rensburg, D. ( 2015). The evolution of educational inequalities through secondary school: Evidence from a South African panel study. Development Southern Africa 32(4): 1-18. 

Chitiga, M., Decaluwe, B.,Mabugu, R., Maisonnave, H., Robichaud, V., Shepherd, D., van der Berg, S. & Von Fintel. D. (2015). A retrospective look at how well a macro-micro model can analyze the impact of the global financial crisis on a developing country. Poverty & Public Policy 7(3): 211–222 

Burger, R., van der Berg, S., & von Fintel, D. (2015). The unintended consequences of education policies on South African participation and unemployment. South African Journal of Economics 83(1): 74-100

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