Research Brief
by SA-TIED
Small firms are more sensitive to changes in interest rates. Small firms which are financially constrained, and have relatively weaker balance sheets and idiosyncratic risks, also face a higher cost of capital from external sources...
November 2020
Macro modelling
Working paper
Liako Mofo
Plastics are ubiquitous across the region and play an important role in multiple industries. Most plastic products are based on a value chain that is grounded in petroleum refining, posing an environmental challenge. Plastic manufacturing...
November 2020
Regional growth
Working paper
Caio Torres Mazzi, Gideon Ndubuisi, and Elvis Avenyo
Using the South African Revenue Service and National Treasury firm-level panel data for 2009–17, this paper investigates how global value chain-related trade affects the export performance of manufacturing firms in South Africa. In particular, the...
November 2020
Enterprise development
Research seminar
25 Nov 2020 / 12:00 to 14:00
Climate and energy
The Energy Systems Research Group, University of Cape Town, invites you to the webinar event to launch of the Climate Transparency Report 2020: South Africa Country Profile on 25 November at 12pm. Raising ambition requires...
Vacancy
by SA-TIED
UNU-WIDER is looking for outstanding individuals with strong commitment and potential to contribute to the SA-TIED programme. Closing date: 15 November 2020 at 23:59 UTC+2
October 2020
Policy Brief
by Faaiqa Hartley, Bruno Merven, Channing Arndt, and Gregory Ireland
The global energy system is shifting to cleaner technologies in a bid to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. As part of its climate commitments, South Africa has also pledged to cut emissions. As the power sector...
November 2020
Climate and energy
Working paper
Tatenda Lysias Magodora
The agricultural sector has remained under threat from climate change despite significant efforts to combat this problem. There is evidence of existing climate change impacts on maize production in South Africa. No meta-analysis was done...
October 2020
Climate and energy
Working paper
Rod Crompton, Midesh Sing, Vernon Filter, and Nonhlanhla Msimango
The South African liquid fuels industry is a significant part of the economy. Historically, government policy focused on import substitution industrialization to support industry margins. This approach is called into question by the 2006 shift...
October 2020
Macro modelling
Policy Brief
by Bruno Merven, Gregory Ireland, Faaiqa Hartley, Channing Arndt, Alison Hughes, Fadiel Ahjum, Bryce McCall, and Tara Caetano
South Africa’s coal resource has historically provided a source of abundant and cheap energy for South Africa and currently supplies most of its primary energy. Given its aging coal power plant fleet, and international commitments...
November 2020
Climate and energy
Working paper
Rob Davies and Dirk van Seventer
Technical change impacts both the employment intensity of production and the composition of occupations and skills of employment. Artificial intelligence, automation, and robots are already leading to machines undertaking routinizable tasks previously carried out by...
October 2020
Macro modelling