The African Micro-Economic Research Unit (AMERU) was established in 2009 and  is a research unit at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa. The AMERU specializes in the quantitiatve analysis of micro datasets looking at firm dynamics, labour market outcomes and education with a specific interest in impact evaluation.
The AMERU, in collaboration with the Center of Learning on Evaluation and Results Anglophone Africa (CLEAR AA), offers a technical course on impact evaluation techniques in South Africa and on the African continent. This course introduces participants to statistical tools used in impact evaluations including experimental and quasi-experimental designs.
The AMERU is housed in the School of Economic and Business Sciences at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, Gauteng Province. Being in the Gauteng Province, the economic powerhouse of Southern Africa, positions the AMERU perfectly to engage with industry and policy makers. As such, the AMERU researchers engage regularly with various national government departments including the South African National Treasury, Department of Policy Monitoring and Evaluation, Department of Labour, and the Department of Trade and Industry as well as various business organisations. The AMERU draws on a network of local and international reseachers to provide rigorous analysis for evidence based policy making. Recent projects include a four year RCT study of a targeted youth wage subsidy, various impact evaluation studies investigating the impact of education interventions, and several international trade related studies.
African Micro-Economic Research Unit (AMERU)
School of Economic and Business Sciences
New Commerce Building, West Campus
University of the Witwatersrand
South Africa
Postal Address:
Private Bag 3
Wits 2050
South Africa

Volker Schöer
Phone: 0027 (0)11 717 8107