The Young Scholars Programme is targeted towards South African Master's-level students working on the research component of their degree. The programme aims to expose the students to the research currently conducted in government, introduce them to the government work environment, allow them to exchange ideas with fellow students, and receive constructive feedback on their research from top academics and government officials in their respective research fields.
The programme also provides NT and other government departments participating in the programme with a platform to identify talent. The initiative runs on a yearly basis and the 2018/19 class will gather for a kick-off meeting on 20-21 June 2018 in Pretoria, South Africa.
During the two-day event, students will present their research topics and received feedback from UNU-WIDER experts and NT staff members. In addition, three sessions have been planed where leading academics and government officials will present their ongoing research related to SA-TIED. Lastly, a session aimed at introducing the students to entry-level work opportunities in the government sector will be carried out in the afternoon of 20 June.
|09:30-10:00||Registration and coffee|
|10:00-10:30||Welcome. Introduction to SA-TIED and YSP||Jacob Lorentzen (UNU-WIDER)|
|10:30-12:00||First round of YS presentations
Feedback: Murray Leibbrandt (UNU-WIDER), Rob Davies (UNU-WIDER), and Sherwin Gabriel (NT, Modelling and Forecasting)
The impact of Basel III on the monetary policy transmission mechanism in South Africa
Does regional economic integration improve the economic efficiency of SADC member countries?
Determinants of intra-east African community trade
|12:45-13:15||Presentation #1: Turning the tide on inequality: building on recent research in key policy areas||Murray Leibbrandt (UNU-WIDER)|
|13:15-14:45||Second round of YS presentations
Feedback: Murray Leibbrandt (UNU-WIDER), Rob Davies (UNU-WIDER), and Katlego Moilwa (NT, Government Technical Advisory Centre)
Poverty and Prosperity: Impact of spatial planning of poverty and inequality in South Africa
An analysis of South African Mathematics performance
Urban agriculture and unemployment
|15:00-16:30||Third round of YS presentations
Feedback: Murray Leibbrandt (UNU-WIDER), Rob Davies (UNU-WIDER), and Sibusiso Gumbi (NT, Macroeconomic Policy)
Machine-Learning vs Traditional Forecasting Methods: An Application to South Africa
What effect do different types of conflicts have on trade?
Pieter Naude Scribante
The political economy of conflict and peace: Promoting peace in an unequal world
|16:30-17:15||Government Carousel||Manqoba Ntshakala (NT, Economic Policy)Gobuiwang Rankane (NT, Fiscal Policy)Veron Vukeya (NT, Economic Policy)|
|08:15-08:45||Coffee and breakfast||
|08:45-10:15||Fourth round of YS presentations
Feedback: Murray Leibbrandt (UNU-WIDER), Rob Davies (UNU-WIDER), and Vukile Davidson (NT, Financial Sector Policy)
The impact of entry on competition: The case of South African banking sector
The effect of banking sector competition on performance in the presenceof risk
Financialization, distance-to-default, business models of public banks and leverage
|10:30-12:00||Fifth round of YS presentations
Feedback: Amina Ebrahim (UNU-WIDER), Rob Davies (UNU-WIDER), and Nyeleti Baloyi (NT, Government Technical Advisory Centre)
The effect of language on labour market success for immigrants and citizens in South Africa
Bianca De Magalhaes
The impact of rural-urban migration on the health of migrants in South Africa
An analysis of factors influencing commercializing of women maize famers in Swaziland
|12:00-12:45||Presentation #2: Estimating profit shifting in South Africa using firm-level analysis||Hayley Reynolds (NT, Tax Policy)|
|13:30-14:15||Presentation #3: Using tax administrative data – the statistical potential||Amina Ebrahim (UNU-WIDER)|
|14:15-15:45||Sixth round of YS presentations
Feedback: Murray Leibbrandt (UNU-WIDER), Rob Davies (UNU-WIDER), and Andre Steenkamp (NT, Microeconomic Policy).
Can Agro‐processing promote a pro‐poor growth in Africa: a Tanzania case study
Mawasha Joseph Leshasha
South Africa’s export potential in non-GM maize markets
The food policy environment: Addressing the need for policy certainty and alignment with national vision
|15:45-16:00||Wrap up||Rob Davies (UNU-WIDER)|