Research seminar

On 22 September the SA-TIED programme will host an online seminar on agricultural and agro-processing value chains. The webinar will be given by Reena das Nair and Anthony Black under the SA-TIED work stream on...

16 September 2020
regional_growth
Research Brief
by SA-TIED

Comprehensive harmonization is crucial to eliminate inefficiencies that hamper free movement of goods and services in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region. Territorial collaboration between metropolitan clusters and rural areas connected by transport corridors is a potential key to realizing dynamic growth in the member...

10 September 2020
regional_growth
In the media

As South Africa commemorates Women’s Month, SA-TIED celebrates the women behind the programme. Three women from SA-TIED recently joined Phemelo Motene on her SAfm radio show. During Women’s Month we will share their profiles and details of their interviews.

South Africa is ready for renewable energy

26 August 2020
Journal Article
Channing Arndt, Rob Davies, Sherwin Gabriel, Laurence Harris, Konstantin Makrelov, Sherman Robinson, Stephanie Levy, Witness Simbanegavi, Dirk van Seventer, and Lillian Anderson
Absent vaccines and pharmaceutical interventions, the only tool available to mitigate its demographic effects is some measure of physical distancing, to reduce contagion by breaking social and economic contacts.
19 August 2020
climate
Working paper
Joshua Budlender and Amina Ebrahim
This paper documents the industry classification variables in the anonymized tax microdata available for research at the National Treasury Secure Data Facility in Pretoria. It discusses how the variables in the data are related to the raw records captured in various tax forms and outlines the various industry classification systems.
19 August 2020
enterprise_development
Working paper
Channing Arndt, Christopher Loewald, and Konstantin Makrelov
Climate change mitigation and adaptation will prove to be sources of significant structural change. The impacts will be far-reaching and often irreversible, with particularly large effects on emerging and developing economies. This paper assesses the implications of these changes for central banks in developing countries.
19 August 2020
climate
Working paper
Hambulo Ngoma, Patrick Lupiya, Mulako Kabisa, and Faaiqa Hartley
While there is consensus that rainfed agriculture is the primary impact channel for agrarian economies like Zambia, it is uncertain what the future climate will be like, how it will affect different economic sectors, and by what magnitudes.
19 August 2020
climate
Working paper
Caro Janse Van Rensburg, Carli Bezuidenhout, Marianne Matthee, and Victor Stolzenburg
Inequality has been rising in most countries for several decades, with negative consequences for social cohesion and economic growth. Substantial gender wage gaps contribute significantly to overall wage inequality. We look at an often-overlooked driver of gender inequality: international trade.
19 August 2020
inequality
Working paper
Alexis Habiyaremye

Despite more than two decades of economic integration efforts, levels of spatial development inequality remain high within the Southern African Development Community (SADC).

19 August 2020
regional_growth
Working paper
Ivan Turok and Justin Visagie
Service industries are increasingly important in international trade and offer additional paths to economic development. There are many opportunities to expand trade in services between South Africa and other African countries. Improvements in urban planning, design, and governance are vital to create more productive and liveable cities.
19 August 2020
regional_growth
In the media

As South Africa commemorates Women’s Month, SA-TIED celebrates the women behind the programme. Three women from SA-TIED recently joined Phemelo Motene on her SAfm radio show. During Women’s Month we will share their profiles and details of their interviews.

Using research to give women a voice

19 August 2020
public_revenue
Research Brief
by SA-TIED

Diversifying the agricultural production in sub-Saharan Africa is important for the combat against poverty and climate change. In Malawi there are plans for legalizing the cultivation of industrial hemp, which would at best bring possibilities for Malawi and South Africa to complement each other in the hemp production and trade. However,...

18 August 2020
regional_growth
Research Brief
by SA-TIED

Special economic zones (SEZ) in Africa are generally regarded as underperforming relative to their peers in the rest of the world. To explain this underperformance and to support success in the future it is important to analyse the key features and what is lacking in the design of African special economic zones. This analysis focuses on six...

18 August 2020
regional_growth
In the media

As South Africa commemorates Women’s Month, SA-TIED celebrates the women behind the programme, where over half of research published includes a woman co-author; 53% of participants in capacity-building activities are women; and, 57% of attendees at programme events are women.

30 July 2020
public_revenue
Research seminar

On 26 August the SA-TIED programme will host an online seminar on tax depreciation allowances and tax revenue mobilization in South Africa.

17 August 2020
public_revenue
Research Brief
Photo: Chronis Yan
by SA-TIED

Since the end of apartheid, South Africa’s economic challenges have disrupted efforts to establish a society of inclusive growth and prosperity. Understanding how South Africa can break the pattern of sluggish growth, high unemployment, inequality and poverty is a pressing policy issue.anding how South Africa can break the pattern of sluggish...

10 August 2020
enterprise_development
Research Brief
Photo: Matteo Vistocco
by SA-TIED

Many governments, particularly those in developing countries, have set an objective to improve tax revenue mobilization to offer more and better public services to their citizens. To develop effective revenue-raising strategies it is necessary to determine whether there is a tax revenue gap and gain detailed information on the nature and...

10 August 2020
public_revenue
Journal Article
Photo by Jonas Jacobsson on Unsplash
Ludvig Wier

This paper provides the first direct systematic evidence of profit shifting through transfer mispricing in a developing country.

05 August 2020
enterprise_development
Blog
Photo by Scott Rodgerson on Unsplash
Ludvig Wier

Corporate taxation is at the heart of economic development, and cardiac failure looms if international tax reform is not made globally inclusive

05 August 2020
enterprise_development
Policy Brief
Harri Kemp and Hylton Hollander

Much of the research on the impact of fiscal policy shocks on macroeconomic outcomes (e.g., fiscal multipliers) uses reduced-form modelling approaches such as vector auto-regressions to obtain empirical results. In a recent study1, we used this approach to estimate fiscal multipliers for South Africa. Here, we use a different approach to...

30 July 2020
macroeconomics
Technical workshop

SA-TIED will hold a 5-day online training course on using the data analysis software, R. 

The course will build capacity and support South African officials to manage and use economic data to carry out policy-relevant research in their day-to-day work for evidence-based policymaking.  

29 July 2020
inequality
In the media

A stringent lockdown in South Africa came into effect on 26 March 2020 and shut down most sectors of the economy.

29 July 2020
macroeconomics
climate
Policy Brief
Harri Kemp and Hylton Hollander

Estimated spending multipliers for real GDP (output) are typically positive, but less than one, whereas estimated tax multipliers are negative and can be much higher than one

23 July 2020
macroeconomics
Working paper
Johannes Hermanus Kemp and Hylton Hollander

Much of the research on fiscal multipliers has used reduced form modelling approaches. While these models have been extended to include richer controls and identification approaches, it remains unclear whether shocks identified capture the true structural shocks.

10 July 2020
macroeconomics
Working paper
SA-TIED Working Paper 127
Johannes Hermanus Kemp

Despite the frequent use of fiscal policy for stabilization purposes and the important role fiscal activism has played over the last decade, the size of budgetary multipliers (i.e.

10 July 2020
macroeconomics
Working paper
SA-TIED Working Paper 126
Takwanisa Machemedze, Andrew Kerr, and Rob Dorrington

The existing sources of demographic data for South Africa have different strengths and limitations that make them inadequate for calibration of sample weights in post-apartheid South African household surveys. The official mid-year population estimates produced by Statistics South Africa do not cover the entire period, the previously used...

10 July 2020
inequality
Working paper
Teboho Bosiu and Thando Vilakazi

The growth of African multinational companies in Southern and East Africa in recent decades brings with it a great opportunity for development of productive capacity in the region and greater regional integration.

09 July 2020
regional_growth
Working paper
Serena Merrino

This paper aims at providing new evidence over the effect of conventional monetary policy shocks on wage inequality through the earnings heterogeneity channel under the inflation-targeting regime implemented in South Africa since 2000.

09 July 2020
macroeconomics
Working paper
Anthea Paelo and Genna Robb

This paper reviews comparative approaches to key issues in economic regulation in four countries of the Southern African Development Community, and how this has been reflected in outcomes in terms of competition, prices, access, and innovation in telecommunications services.

09 July 2020
regional_growth
Working paper
Genna Robb and Anthea Paelo

Low levels of broadband penetration combined with poor quality of services present a challenge to growth and development in the Southern African Development Community (SADC). This paper performs a comparative analysis of the competitive dynamics of telecommunications markets in four SADC countries and relates this to outcomes for consumers.

09 July 2020
regional_growth
Working paper
Bruno Merven, Faaiqa Hartley, Jules Schers and Fadiel Ahjum

This paper presents an alternative methodology to modelling private transport in the hard-linked energy-economic model, SATIMGE. The methodology considers a shift from total fuel consumption in the economic model to end-use energy consumption for the private transport sector.

09 July 2020
climate