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Dr Sean Muller

Dr Sean Muller
Department of Economics and Econometrics Academic Staff; PEERC
Senior lecturer

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+27(0)11 559 7456
31 Henley Rd, Auckland Park
Auckland Park Campus


PhD Economics, University of Cape Town 2014
Title: “The external validity of treatment effects: an investigation of educational production”
Supervisor: Martin Wittenberg
Examiners: Gary Solon (Michigan State University)
Jeffrey Smith (University of Michigan)
Steve Koch (University of Pretoria)

MPhil Economics, University of Oxford 2009

MCom Applied Economics, University of Cape Town (distinction) 2007

BusSc Economics, University of Cape Town (distinction in econ) 2003

Senior Lecturer, University of Johannesburg August 2016 –

Economic Analyst, Parliamentary Budget Office July 2014 – July 2016

Acting Deputy Director Economics,
Parliamentary Budget Office September – November 2015

Senior Researcher, Development Policy Research Unit (University of Cape Town) April – June 2014

Lecturer (University of Cape Town) April 2010 – March 2014

Quantitative Research Assistant, Young Lives Project (University of Oxford) September 2009 – March 2010

Intern, Economic Analysis Unit, National Department of Transport (South Africa) January – December 2004


“Interaction and external validity: obstacles to the policy relevance of randomized evaluations”, World Bank Economic Review (conference special issue), 29(1): S217-S225, 2015.

“The transmission of longevity across generations: The case of the settler Cape Colony”, Research in Social Stratification and Mobility, 35: 105-119, 2014. (with Piraino, Cilliers and Fourie)

“Another problem in the estimation of intergenerational mobility”, Economics Letters, 108(3): 291 295, 2010.