Public research results meeting

Registration

Topic: How do we support job creation and reduce inequalities in South Africa?

18 January 2019
enterprise_development
public_revenue
macroeconomics
inequality
climate
regional_growth
Academic presentation

Participants in the SA-TIED Young Scholars programme will present their research topics during a poster session and reception at the Sheraton Pretoria Hotel. The event and reception follows the SA-TIED Panel Discussion, Towards an inclusive economy, held in the morning.

09 January 2019
In the media
by SA-TIED

SA-TIED researcher, Ludvig Wier, has featured in multiple South African news outlets explaining new research findings from the programme.

14 January 2019
enterprise_development
public_revenue
macroeconomics
In the media
by SA-TIED

New working papers from SA-TIED on profit shifting and transfer mispricing have made headlines in South Africa. The research has renewed the ongoing conversation about the fair and effective taxation of multinational enterprises.
Read more about how SA-TIED research...

09 January 2019
enterprise_development
public_revenue
macroeconomics
Working paper
SA-TIED Working Paper 25/2019
Faaiqa Hartley, Bruno Merven, Channing Arndt, and Gregory Ireland

Abstract: This paper assesses the economic impacts of increased variable renewable energy deployment in South Africa for both conservative and optimistic solar PV and wind cost estimates relative to a less ambitious, constrained RE deployment programme as currently envisioned by government in its electricity planning. A linked energy-economic...

17 January 2019
climate
Working paper
by Ludvig Wier

Abstract: This paper provides the first direct systematic evidence of profit shifting through transfer mispricing in a developing country. Using South African transaction-level customs data, I directly test for transfer price deviations from arm’s-length pricing.

05 December 2018
enterprise_development
Working paper
SA-TIED Working Paper 24/2018
Ludvig Wier and Hayley Reynolds

Abstract: Globally, the largest 0.001 per cent of firms earn roughly one-third of all corporate profits. Nonetheless, there is little understanding of how profit shifting differs across firm size. Using South African corporate tax returns from 2010–14, we investigate the link between firm size and profit shifting.

05 December 2018
enterprise_development
In the media
Finn Tarp on Kaya Bizz with Gugulethu Cele
Timothy Shipp

Kaya Bizz host Gugulethu Cele interviewed UNU-WIDER Director and SA-TIED operational programme manager Finn Tarp on KayaFM in South Africa. Listen here.

29 October 2018
enterprise_development
public_revenue
macroeconomics
inequality
climate
regional_growth
Public research results meeting

Under the SA-TIED programme qualified researchers have access to highly granular administrative tax datasets derived from South African Revenue Services’ data to answer important questions about tax policy and inequality in South Africa.

23 October 2018
public_revenue
inequality
In the media
Finance Minister Tito Mboweni delivers a speech to parliament

South Africa's Finance Minister, Tito Mboweni lifted up the SA-TIED programme in his maiden Medium Term Budget Policy Speech in parliament on Wednesday.

25 October 2018
enterprise_development
public_revenue
macroeconomics
inequality
climate
regional_growth
Project meeting

Researchers from the Public revenue mobilization for inclusive development work stream will meet in Pretoria to share their works in progress. The annual work in progress meeting provides an opportunity for researchers to share the progress of their work and to explore areas for research advancement.

19 October 2018
public_revenue
Project meeting

Researchers from the Turning the tide on inequality work stream will meet in Pretoria to share their works in progress. The annual meeting provides an opportunity for researchers to share the progress of their work and to explore areas for research advancement.

19 October 2018
inequality
In the media
UNU-WIDER
Timothy Shipp

SA-TIED operational programme manager, Finn Tarp, was featured on South African national broadcasting where he spoke to anchor, Nzinga Qunta, about the SA-TIED programme's ongoing work. 

25 October 2018
enterprise_development
public_revenue
macroeconomics
inequality
climate
regional_growth
In the media
Economist Murray Leibbrandt
Timothy Shipp

SA-TIED economist, Murray Leibbrandt, appeared on a South African national broadcast Wednesday, where he spoke to anchor, Shahan Ramkissoon about the SA-TIED programme and its ongoing work.

25 October 2018
enterprise_development
public_revenue
macroeconomics
inequality
climate
regional_growth
Background
Finn Tarp speaks at the SA-TIED official launch

The Southern Africa – Towards Inclusive Economic Development (SA-TIED) programme looks at ways to support policy-making for inclusive growth and economic transformation in the southern Africa region, through original research conceived and produced in collaboration between United Nations...

24 October 2018
Request for research proposals

We are seeking qualified proposals to advance economic research, capacity-building, and policy dialogue in South Africa and the southern Africa region. Submission deadline 30 November 2018 23:59 UTC+2

16 October 2018
public_revenue
inequality
Vacancy
Vacancy Research Assistant

Station: National Treasury, Pretoria, South Africa.

27 September 2018
enterprise_development
public_revenue
inequality
Blog
SDG 17: Partnerships for the goals
By Kyle McNabb

At the core of efforts to meet the Sustainable Development Goals lies a commitment to enhance domestic revenue mobilization. Strengthening capacity to collect tax and other revenue is key for developing countries as they move forward. Not only is this priority enshrined in SDG 17.1, it also sits atop the Addis Ababa Action Agenda.

27 July 2017
enterprise_development
public_revenue
macroeconomics
inequality
climate
regional_growth
Working paper
SA-TIED Working Paper 22/2018
by Stewart Ngandu and Carolyn Chisadza

This paper uses administrative tax data in South Africa to answer questions about which types of firms employ relatively large numbers of young people. The policy objective of this exercise is to use these insights to inform policy and programming for the mitigation of high levels of youth unemployment. This research uses an exploratory...

07 August 2018
enterprise_development
Blog
By James Stewart

Policymakers often work in the dark, as they try to make real impact on people’s lives. If you don’t have good data, being worked on by good researchers, it can be hard to know whether efforts are truly making a difference. In South Africa one key area where data and evidence have been missing is on firms. The National Treasury, together with...

29 March 2017
enterprise_development
public_revenue
inequality
Working paper
SA-TIED Working Paper 21/2018
by Mulalo Mamburu

This paper examines the distribution of firms by size and growth in the South African economy. It explores the relationship between firm size and firm growth over time, with a particular focus on the highest and lowest growth firms in the distribution, in order to aid policymakers in crucial questions about how to target public policies...

25 July 2018
enterprise_development
Working paper
SA-TIED Working Paper 20/2018
By Manqoba Ntshakala and Laurence Harris

This study contributes to the existing body of knowledge within the South African context by empirically examining the ability of the yield spread to provide information about future inflation. Additionally, we examine the effect of the monetary policy regime shift associated with the adoption of inflation targeting on the relationship between...

27 June 2018
macroeconomics
Project meeting

The Young Scholars Programme is targeted towards South African Master's-level students working on the research component of their degree.

20 June 2018
enterprise_development
public_revenue
macroeconomics
inequality
climate
regional_growth
Working paper
SA-TIED Working Paper 19/2018
By Bruno Merven, Gregory Ireland, Faaiqa Hartley, Channing Arndt, Alison Hughes, Fadiel Ahjum, Bryce McCall, and Tara Caetano

This paper lays the foundation for the analysis of the macro- and socio-economic benefits of a transition in the power sector to be made using a linked energy-economy modelling framework called SATIMGE. SATIMGE is made up of an energy systems model, SATIM (South African TIMES Model), and a general computable equilibrium model of South Africa....

20 June 2018
macroeconomics
climate
Working paper
SA-TIED Working Paper 18/2018
By Eustensia Munsaka

This study determines the extent to which broker opportunism (using the hidden commission charged by brokers as a proxy for opportunistic behaviour) in the tomato supply chain in Zambia is reduced by farmers’ access to price information through an information system.

15 June 2018
climate
Working paper
SA-TIED Working Paper 17/2018
By Mmamoletji Oniccah Thosago

The aim of this study is to investigate whether households in an informal settlement, who receive one or more social grants, save a portion of their income, and what their savings behaviour is. Out of the 215, 150 households save some of their income but mostly in burial societies and stokvels.

28 May 2018
climate
Working paper
SA-TIED Working Paper 16/2018
By Charlotte-Kathrin Stollberg

The recent PIRLS report painted a dire picture of South Africa’s literacy: 80% of Grade 4 learners are unable to read for meaning. With a large body of research confirming how reading literacy holds predictive validity for later child development and academic success, Shine Literacy offers an intervention that is set as a measure for those who...

28 May 2018
climate
Working paper
SA-TIED Working Paper 15/2018
By Nobuhle D. Mbonane and M.N. Makhura

Crop insurance is a sustainable risk management tool that farmers need for increasing the sustainability of their agricultural enterprises by reducing income risks. This paper reports on factors influencing farmers’ interest in purchasing crop insurance.

28 May 2018
climate
Working paper
SA-TIED Working Paper 14/2018
By Lauralyn Kaziboni

This paper analyses responses from the City of Johannesburg survey on economic performance, competitiveness and the challenges faced, from over 300 firms. The study suggests that that a significant proportion of firms exhibited growth between 2013 and 2015, depending on sectoral grouping, access to the export market and investment in machinery...

28 May 2018
macroeconomics
Working paper
SA-TIED Working Paper 13/2018
By Anna Filipova and Mike Morris

The falling cost of renewable energy technologies globally is a key driver of the implementation of smallscale embedded generation in South Africa as an alternative to electricity from the national grid. The technology has disruptive potential for the vertically integrated and centralised electricity value chain, dominated by Eskom.

28 May 2018
climate