Conference

The SA-TIED programme will be in Brussels on the 18-19 of June for the European Development Days conference (EDD). The theme of this year’s conference is “Addressing inequalities: Building a world which leaves no one behind.”

12 June 2019
Research seminar

SA-TIED researchers from the Energy Research Centre will share the results of their recent research on how to reduce South Africa's greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) affordably.

13 June 2019
Academic presentation

Large and rapid declines in costs for renewable energy systems, particularly solar and wind power, and efforts to limit greenhouse gas emissions are reshaping energy systems globally. Expanding renewable energy systems have great potential to achieve widespread electricity access, improve food security, and reduce emissions.

13 June 2019
Working paper
SA-TIED Working Paper #63
Andrew Kerr and Martin Wittenberg

Traditionally, analysts of the South African labour market have used household survey data to describe earnings and employment in the post-Apartheid period. More recently, administrative data from the South African Revenue Service has been made available, which allows for comparisons and an assessment of each source and its strengths and...

31 May 2019
inequality
Academic presentation

Amina Ebrahim will present at the WIDER Seminar Series on 12 June 2019. 

Abstract – Can a wage subsidy system help reduce 50 per cent youth unemployment? Evidence from South Africa

05 June 2019
public_revenue
Working paper
SA-TIED Working Paper 62
by Carol Newman, John Rand, and Mpho Tsebe

Misallocation of labour and capital can greatly reduce aggregate productivity. In this study, we use tax administrative data to examine the extent of resource misallocation in the South African context. In addition, we zoom in on how different government incentives affect the allocation (or misallocation) of capital and labour across firms, and...

14 June 2019
enterprise_development
Conference

SA-TIED researchers present in the 50th Biannual Plenary and Research Workshop convened by the African Economic Research Consortium in Cape Town, South Africa from 2-6 June.

25 May 2019
Policy dialogue

On Wednesday, 29 May researchers from the SA-TIED work stream on Regional growth for southern Africa's prosperity gather together with policymakers and experts in trade and industrial policy from the southern African region to discuss recent research.

28 May 2019
regional_growth
Conference

SA-TIED researcher, Sofia Torreggiani of the University of London SOAS will present new research at the Annual TIPS Forum. The TIPS Forum is held annually in South Africa to deepen understanding of the role that trade and industrial policy plays in the process of development and industrialization.

20 May 2019
Research seminar

SA-TIED researchers Anthony Black, Lawrence Edwards, Faizel Ismail, Brian Makundi, and Mike Morris will present their working paper on Spreading the gains: Prospects and policies for the development of regional value chains in southern Africa as a part of the SA-TIED Seminar Series. 

27 May 2019
regional_growth
Research seminar

As a part of the SA-TIED Seminar Series, researchers from the work stream on Public revenue mobilization for inclusive development will present the research findings of their recent working paper on South Africa's VAT increase and VAT zero-rating policy.

15 May 2019
public_revenue
In the media
Timothy Shipp

A study by Simone Schotte, Rocco Zizzamia, and Murray Leibbrandt was cited in The Economist, 25 April 2019 print edition; the article is available online under the title Cyril Ramaphosa faces a daunting task if he wins South Africa’s election. The study cited was first released in the journal World Development entitled ‘A poverty dynamics...

24 May 2019
inequality
Working paper
SA-TIED Working Paper #61
by Rob Davies and Dirk van Seventer

This paper introduces a framework of advisory basic principles to be employed by users of economy-wide models such as those used in policy analysis in South Africa and in SA-TIED papers.

15 May 2019
macroeconomics
Working paper
SA-TIED Working Paper #60
by Bruno Merven, Faaiqa Hartley, and Fadiel Ahjum

Road freight transport is the key channel for moving goods and services within South Africa, accounting for more than 70% of the total freight payload over the last decade. While not the largest contributor to emissions in the country, the sector contributes a sizeable proportion of total emissions (>10%), due to its dependence on fossil...

15 May 2019
climate
Working paper
SA-TIED Working Paper #59
Ihsaan Bassier

Using administrative tax records from South Africa for the period 2011–14, I find that firm wage premia explain 25 per cent of the total wage variance, 60 per cent of the gender wage gap, and 40 per cent of the gap between workers in the middle and the bottom of the income distribution. Next, I argue that in contrast to the rent-sharing...

15 May 2019
inequality
Working paper
SA-TIED Working Paper #58
by Justin Visagie and Ivan Turok

Services are the fastest growing portion of world trade and now account for nearly a quarter of global exports. This presents opportunities for emerging economies to adapt and enter new markets. Many countries in southern Africa have struggled to diversify from a heavy reliance on primary commodities towards manufacturing industries. Tradable...

15 May 2019
regional_growth
Working paper
SA-TIED Working Paper #57
by Sithembiso Mtanga and Richard McCamel

This paper provides an overview of the structure, key functions, and characteristics of the motorcycle parts and aftermarket industries in Southern Africa in order to identify challenges to and opportunities for growth in these industries. The research examines the end markets and utilization of motorcycles, the status of these markets, and...

15 May 2019
regional_growth
Vacancy
Vacancy - Research Assistant

UNU-WIDER is looking for an outstanding individual with strong commitment and potential to contribute to the SA-TIED programme. Station: National Treasury, Pretoria, South Africa. Closing date: 26 May 2019 at 23:59 UTC+3

24 April 2019
enterprise_development
public_revenue
inequality
Journal Article
SA-TIED Working Paper #55
by Channing Arndt, Amy Dale, Patrick Hatzenbuehler, Jordan Kyle, Innocent Matshe, Adam Schlosser, and Emily Schmidt

We argue that vastly improved agricultural production forecasts and estimates in SSA fit within an emerging view of information as a key input into the development process. We assess the current quality and timeliness of agricultural production data, finding both quality and timeliness to be inadequate. These inadequacies persist despite...

05 April 2019
climate
In the media
SA-TIED researcher Bryce McCall appears on SABC news
by SA-TIED

A new working paper from the SA-TIED programme has made headlines in South Africa. A research team under SA-TIED's work stream on climate and energy had used similar modelling techniques to those used by the South African government for its draft Integrated Resource Plan (IRP), which outlines the country's energy needs and how best to meet them...

02 April 2019
climate
News
Press Release: South Africa could have cheaper, cleaner, and more reliable energy supply
by SA-TIED / ERC

Phasing out coal in the power sector by 2040 would allow SA to fulfil its commitment to the Paris Agreement goal of limiting warming to well below 2° C without significant impact on the economy.These are some of the main findings of a new SA-TIED study undertaken by the University of Cape Town’s Energy Research Centre (ERC). The ERC study is an...

28 March 2019
climate
Working paper
SA-TIED Working Paper #54
by Amina Ebrahim and Kezia Lilenstein

This paper has three primary objectives. First, it provides a broad overview of the available South African data used to examine gender in the labour market, with specific reference to the South African Revenue Services (SARS) tax data which has recently been made available. Second, the paper provides a brief overview of the existing South...

28 March 2019
inequality
Working paper
SA-TIED Working Paper #53
by Aroop Chatterjee

Understanding wealth inequality has unique significance in South Africa. The co-existence of extreme poverty and extreme wealth is starkly visible. Apartheid-era inequality has persisted despite more than 20 years of democracy. Much of the research on inequality has focussed on inequality of income and of opportunities. There is a large gap in...

28 March 2019
inequality
Working paper
SA-TIED Working Paper #52
by Goodness Aye and Laurence Harris

The study investigates the effect of real exchange rate volatility on the distribution of income between labour and capital in South Africa. Both symmetric and asymmetric effects were considered. Using quarterly data from 1985:1 to 2018:3 and local linear projection method, we found that the immediate response of labour’s income share to a one...

28 March 2019
macroeconomics
Working paper
SA-TIED Working Paper #51
by Rob Davies, Laurence Harris, and Konstantin Makrelov

We employ a micro founded and stock and flow consistent model in the tradition of Backus et al. (1980) to study the impact of higher leverage ratio on the South African economy. The model provides for a richer representation of institutional balance sheets than existing models. The financial sector’s behaviour draws on the recent theoretical...

28 March 2019
macroeconomics
Working paper
SA-TIED Working Paper #50
Keagile Lesame

Monetary policy is believed to have a disproportionate effect on firms depending on their size. Financially constrained firms with limited access to capital markets are expected to be more sensitive to changes in interest rates and this category of firms is characteristic of small-sized firms. This paper empirically tests this hypothesis for...

28 March 2019
macroeconomics
Working paper
SA-TIED Working Paper #49
by Alfred Moyo

This paper investigates whether Southern African Development Community (SADC) countries that are vulnerable to changes in oil prices could instead substitute oil and petroleum products with biofuels and gas from within the region. A pooled mean group estimator was used to determine the impact of oil prices on the gross domestic product (GDP) of...

28 March 2019
regional_growth
Working paper
SA-TIED Working Paper #48
Ciaran Driver

I provide a retrospective assessment of the effects of trade policies on South African manufacturing since the transition to democracy, examining the differences and commonalities in the views of economists in favour and against an acceleration of trade liberalisation. Data from the Bureau of Economic Research are used to test a number of...

28 March 2019
macroeconomics
Working paper
SA-TIED Working Paper #47
by Maleshoane Majara

In spite of existence of trade arrangements including that of having a common market, trade patterns are low within EAC. Thus, the record of trade among members has been a sobering one when in comparison with trade records of other trading blocs in Asia, Latin America and Europe (World Economic Forum, 2016). According to EAC 2016 report, trade...

27 March 2019
regional_growth
Working paper
SA-TIED Working Paper #46
by Pieter Naude Scribante

This paper combines the economics conflict deterrence literature with the robust literature on economic integration agreements, connecting the once separate fields. This paper uses the gravity model on a panel dataset containing all of the bilateral country-pairs in the world, between 1976 and 2010, and finds evidence in favour of the...

27 March 2019
regional_growth