Grieve Chelwa

Grieve Chelwa is a PhD candidate in economics at the University of Cape Town. He is a Graduate Associate of the Southern Africa Labour and Development Research Unit and is also affiliated with The Economics of Tobacco Control Project both housed at the University of Cape Town. His doctoral research is on the economics of tobacco control in Zambia where he intends to investigate various aspects of the demand for tobacco using household survey data. He is also interested in immigration issues and sometimes blog for Open Borders. He has previously worked as a researcher for the Center for Financial Regulation and Inclusion and prior to that worked in banking/finance for Citi in their Africa Division. He did his undergraduate studies in economics and statistics at the University of Zambia. He is originally from Lusaka, Zambia but has lived in Lagos, Nairobi, Johannesburg and Kinshasa.

Content by Grieve Chelwa
  • Blog post

    The effects of electricity price increases on the poor in Zambia

    The distribution of electricity subsidies and access to the grid is skewed towards rich households, resulting in an increase in extreme poverty. However,  budget neutral mitigation strategies lead to larger reductions in extreme poverty compared to the baseline scenario. In 2016, the electricity crisis in Zambia reached its peak, with daily load shedding of up to 12 hours...

    30 Jan 2019 | Mashekwa Maboshe, Grieve Chelwa

  • Publication - Working Paper

    Teacher pay and educational outcomes: Evidence from the rural hardship allowance in Zambia

    8 Jan 2019 | Grieve Chelwa, Miquel Pellicer, Mashekwa Maboshe

  • Blog post

    Motivating teachers in rural Zambia using a monetary incentive

    As is the case in many developing countries, the achievement gap between rural and urban areas in Zambia remains substantial. For example, the share of students scoring well on the primary school leaving examinations (the Grade 7 examinations) in rural areas is about half what it is in urban areas, according to data from the Examinations Council of Zambia (ECZ). The reasons...

    22 Aug 2018 | Grieve Chelwa, Miquel Pellicer, Mashekwa Maboshe

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    Evaluation of the rural hardship allowance in Zambia

    There is a large disparity in educational outcomes between children in Zambia. The attainment of those living in rural areas tends to be half of those living in urban areas at primary level. It is thought that one cause of this disparity relates to the low motivation of teachers to work in rural areas. The Zambian government has tried to address this by implementing...

    20 Jul 2018 | Grieve Chelwa, Miquel Pellicer, Mashekwa Maboshe

  • Project

    The impact of teacher pay on the quality, retention and productivity of teachers in Zambia

    The importance of education for growth and poverty reduction cannot be overemphasised. Enhanced educational attainment at the national level has been linked to increases in the productivity of the labour force and to other desirable outcomes. Teachers are naturally a vital part of the learning process and interest has recently shifted to focus on how best to ensure that...

    19 Oct 2016 | Grieve Chelwa, Miquel Pellicer