Biographical sketch: Dr Charles Meth is an Honorary Research Fellow in Development Studies at UKZN and holds a similar position at the University of Sheffield's Department of Sociological Studies. Interested in political economy, he has over 25 years of experience of critical analysis of official statistics. This has taken him into such fields as output measurement in the national accounts, employment and unemployment, skills and productivity, and the terms of trade effect on national income. His PhD examined the quality of output estimates in manufacturing and the implications that incorrect measurement had on the wage/productivity debate in South Africa.
In the past few years, he has been working on poverty, inequality and growth, with particular emphasis on policies to counter South Africa's numerous social ills, such as, for example, mass unemployment. His interest in social protection policy led, among other things to membership of three task teams looking at various aspects of the Unemployment Insurance legislation. He also served on the Taylor Committee of Inquiry in Social Protection in South Africa. This paper reflects on recent work Dr Meth has been doing with the Department of Social Development.
Meth, C. (2010). What do we know? Professor Servaas Van der Berg's poverty estimates. School of Development Studies Research Report, 85. More
Meth, C. (2010). Active labour market policies: lessons for South Africa? School of Development Studies Research Report, 86. More
Meth C.(2010). Why waste money on Quarterly Labour Force Surveys? Waste it on youth development instead! Transformation, 71, 76-102.More
Meth, Charles (2009). Unemployment and poverty halved by 2014? School of Development Studies Working Paper No 56.
Meth, C. (2008) The (Lame) Duck Unchained Tries to Count the Poor. Working Paper No 49
Meth, Charles (2008) Taking appropriate measures: Employment and unemployment as indicators of development and the state of the economy. Working Paper, 52.
Meth, Charles (2008). Basic Income Grant: There is no alternative! (BIG: TINA!). Working paper, 54.
May, J. & Meth, C. (2007). Dualism and Data: What does a Quantitative Assessment of Poverty, Inequality and Employment Reveal? Development Southern Africa, 24(2): 271-288.More
Meth, Charles (2006). Income poverty in 2004: A second engagement with the recent van der Berg et al figures.
Working Paper, 47.
Meth C (2006) Half-measures revisited: The ANC’s unemployment and poverty reduction goals. In:Poverty and Policy in Post-Apartheid South Africa, Bhorat H and Kanbur R (eds), Cape Town: HSRC Press, 366-458.More
Meth C.(2004) Ideology and social policy: ‘handouts’ and the spectre of ‘dependency’. Transformation, 56, p1-30. More
Meth C. and Dias R.(2004). Increases in poverty in South Africa, 1999-2002.
Development Southern Africa, 21(1), p59-85More
Meth, C.(2004) Half measures: the ANC's unemployment and poverty reduction goals. Development Policy Research Unit Working Paper No.04/89.More