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Enterprise development for job creation and growth

In this work stream, researchers from UNU-WIDER, NT and the South African Revenue Service (SARS), will build and expand the tax administrative and other micro enterprise data available in South Africa, thereby developing these research tools to be even richer and more versatile resource for researchers and policy makers.

Understanding the opportunities and constraints to private sector development and productivity growth is key for the design of effective policies that deliver on job creation and economic growth more broadly. The recent availability of tax administrative and other micro-data on enterprises in South Africa provides a valuable resource for policy-relevant academic research that allows for a deeper understanding of the functioning of the private sector, and the mechanisms through which government policy and globalization impact on economic growth and development.

The efforts under this work stream will be directed to further expand and develop the available data and supporting policy-relevant academic research based on the data covering topics such as worker mobility, innovation, and access to credit.

Working paper
Isaac Marcelin and Daniel Brink
We propose to test hypotheses on the effects of trade credit on financially constrained firms using a rich new data set on South African firms. We analyse cross-industry differences in external liquidity needs. We test...
May 2020
Enterprise development
Working paper
Syden Mishi, Ncwadi, Weliswa Matekenya and Roselyn Karambakuwa
Small to medium enterprises are considered a vehicle for employment creation and unlocking of growth potential for many economies, with Sub Saharan African countries not an exception. However, the survival of the firms and products...
May 2020
Enterprise development
Working paper
Bruno Morando, Carol Newman and John Rand
The role of antidumping legislation is to protect domestic producers against competition from imports that are being sold below market cost. It is the most common form of trade protection used in economies throughout the...
May 2020
Enterprise development
Working paper
Bruno Morando, Carol Newman and John Rand
Extractive industries form an important part of the economy for many developing countries, yet evidence suggests that having an abundance of resources does not necessarily translate into higher living standards. In particular, little is known...
May 2020
Enterprise development
Working paper
Njeri Wabiri and Amina Ebrahim
Firm-level micro-data have become increasingly important not only for econometric analysis that captures heterogeneity across enterprises but also in order to conduct different and more detailed types of data aggregation (e.g. by geographical unit, firm...
May 2020
Enterprise development
Research Brief
by SA-TIED
The success of an economy’s manufacturing sector is often critical to economic growth and development. As a major contributor to exports, site of innovation, adopter of international best practices, and engine of job creation, an...
February 2020
Enterprise development
Working paper
Lawrence Edwards and Ayanda Hlatshwayo
This paper uses detailed firm transaction data on manufactured exports to analyse the dilution of the real exchange rate-export relationship in South Africa over the period 2010 to 2014. Our empirical results show that firms...
February 2020
Enterprise development
Research Brief
by SA-TIED
The design and implementation of industrial policy should be closely linked to spatial considerations. Firm output and productivity are often location-specific, with factors such as the availability of physical infrastructure, proximity to sources for raw...
February 2020
Enterprise development
Working paper
Ayanda Hlatshwayo, Friedrich Kreuser, Carol Newman, and John Rand
This paper uses matched employer-employee data from South Africa to examine the extent to which technology transfers between firms through the hiring of workers. Allowing for differential spillovers based on observable technology differences between sending...
February 2020
Enterprise development