Policy dialogue

South Africa is highly coal and energy-intensive, with an economy characterized by extremely high levels of unemployment and inequality.

06 August 2019
In the media
Timothy Shipp

A working paper from the SA-TIED programme is the basis for an article on the gender wage gap in South Africa.

09 August 2019
inequality
Research Brief
by SA-TIED

The World Bank reports that the world loses US$160 trillion in human capital wealth due to gender wage inequality every year. Inequality is not just an issue of fairness. It is also undesirable because it hampers poverty reduction strategies and leads to suboptimal allocation of resources. In South Africa, where labour market income makes up...

08 August 2019
inequality
In the media
SA-TIED

Another working paper from the SA-TIED programme has been the subject of a Financial Mail feature.

25 July 2019
public_revenue
Academic presentation

Professor Carol Newman presents the research findings of her team's work under the SA-TIED programme on the impact of resource misallocation on total factor productivity within and between firms in South Africa at the University of Pretoria.

17 July 2019
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
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
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 #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
Conference

UNU-WIDER and UNESCAP will hold the annual WIDER Development Conference at the United Nations Conference Centre in Bangkok, Thailand over three days 11-13 September.  The SA-TIED programme will be presenting its work in a panel session for Parallel 7.1, Friday morning, on the conference topic of 'Transforming economies — for better jobs.' The...

17 July 2019
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
In the media
New research sheds light on the Gender Pay Gap in South Africa
by SA-TIED

A new paper from the SA-TIED programme by University of Cape Town researcher Jacqueline Mosomi was the subject of an article first appearing on BusinessLive. The work sheds light on the difference between what men and women earn in South Africa — the Gender Pay Gap — and how it has evolved over time. 

13 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...

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 #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
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 #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