Research seminar

Lillian Khumalo, an SA-TIED researcher based at the South African Revenue Services (SARS), will present her scoping study on the current state of tax and taxation policy research in South Africa and will provide insights on the administrative tax data now available to fill gaps in this body of knowledge.

16 July 2019
In the media
SA-TIED research featured in the Financial Mail
by SA-TIED

A recent working paper from the SA-TIED programme’s body of new research has been featured in the largest business weekly in South Africa. The Financial Mail’s feature is headlined: “Reserve Bank vindicated — the critics are wrong; the bank is no ‘inflation nutter’”.

11 July 2019
macroeconomics
Request for research proposals
Request for research proposals - Enterprise development for job creation and growth
SA-TIED

Submission deadline - July 21, 2019 23:59 UTC+3. United Nations University World Institute for Development Economics Research (UNU-WIDER) is implementing over the period 2017–20 a research programme entitled Southern Africa – Toward Inclusive Economic Development (SA-TIED). The aim of the programme is to enhance economic research, capacity-...

13 June 2019
enterprise_development
Blog
Timothy Shipp

As the largest economy in sub-Saharan Africa, South Africa’s successes and failures spill over into the broader region. Today, as South Africans face high unemployment and a sluggish economy, policymakers are wrestling to create success through solutions that will quell rising public debt, overcome persistent inequality, and stimulate regional...

15 July 2019
Request for research proposals
Request for Research Proposals - Regional growth and development for Southern Africa's prosperity
by SA-TIED

Submission deadline - July 21, 2019 23:59 UTC+3. United Nations University World Institute for Development Economics Research (UNU-WIDER) is implementing, together with its partners over the period 2017–20, a research programme entitled Southern Africa – Toward Inclusive Economic Development (SA-TIED) with the aim of enhancing economic research...

05 June 2019
regional_growth
Journal Article
SATIED Working Paper #70
by Channing Arndt, Doug Arent, Faaiqa Hartley, Bruno Merven, and Alam Hossain Mondal

Since 2007, large and unexpected declines in generation costs for renewable energy systems, particularly solar but also wind, combined with policy measures designed to limit greenhouse gas emissions, have created a paradigm shift in energy systems. Variable renewable energy now dominates total investment in electricity power generation systems...

16 July 2019
climate
Working paper
SATIED Working Paper #69
Rebecca J. Selkirk

South Africa has consistently performed poorly on international mathematics tests, but there has been a lack of recent data on primary school mathematics achievement. South Africa’s participation at Grade 5 level in the 2015 Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study Numeracy test provides the opportunity to gain insight into recent...

16 July 2019
Working paper
SATIED Working Paper #68
by Refilwe Mokanse, Dorcas Kayo, Yoliswa Sambo, Mkhulu Maseko, and Cigdem Aslan

The research proposes a general approach to assessing and accurately quantifying fiscal obligations and the state’s contingent liabilities that arise from financing infrastructure projects through public-private partnerships (PPPs). It includes a method for assessing the likelihood of these contingent liabilities materializing due to contract...

16 July 2019
macroeconomics
Working paper
SATIED Working Paper #67
by Felix Nandonde, Richard Adu-Gyamfi, TinayeSonto Mmusi, Herbert Wamalwa, Simplice Asongu, Johannes Opperman, and Jeremiah Makindara

In recent decades, the impact of South African foreign direct investment in Africa has been captured by research and policy. This paper investigates linkages and spillover effects of South African foreign direct investment in Botswana and Kenya. The study uses primary data to investigate qualitative implications. The findings reveal that South...

16 July 2019
regional_growth
Working paper
SATIED Working Paper #66
by Neva Makgetla, Saul Levin, and Sithembiso Mtanga

Southern African countries—mainly Zambia and the Democratic Republic of the Congo—account for around a seventh of global production of copper. In the 2010s, they imported over a third of the associated capital goods and components from South Africa. Given this strength, some observers suggest that the South African capital goods industry could...

16 July 2019
regional_growth
Research Brief
by SA-TIED

Regional integration is making steady progress in Southern Africa, leading to the development of regional value chains (RVCs) that could strengthen the competitiveness of the region. Importantly, the development of RVCs also creates pressure for further integration. While integration brings major benefits for the region, these are unevenly...

15 July 2019
regional_growth
Academic presentation

Wynnona Steyn of the South African Revenue Services presented a recent SA-TIED study at the 7th World Congress of the International Microsimulation Association (IMA) held in Galway, Ireland. Wynnona Steyn is the co-author of SA-TIED Working Paper #30: Modelling Value-added Tax in South Africa. 

15 July 2019
Working paper
SA-TIED Working Paper #65
Casey Delport

The aim of this study is twofold. First, it assesses the full South African national policy landscape pertaining to the food system in order to understand policy alignment and coherence across and within sectors. Second, it provides an alternative way to view the South African food system, and correspondingly provides a framing for more...

08 July 2019
Working paper
SA-TIED Working Paper #64
Isaac Marcelin, Daniel Brink, David Oluwatosin Fadiran, and Hammed Adedeji Amusa

Employing the difference-in-differences technique, this study examines the impact of the Employment Tax Incentive programme on a large sample of South African firms from 2011 to 2016. It finds that programme firms expanded investments by 4.8 per cent, and profits by 5.7 per cent. Consistent with the financial constraints theory, leverage rose...

08 July 2019
public_revenue
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
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...

01 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 #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
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
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