South Africa is one of the most unequal countries in the world . This income inequality is mostly due to high unemployment and large differences in wages. In South Africa today, economists and policymakers typically...
Labour market and inequality
Urbanization provides a unique opportunity to accelerate economic and social development across Africa. South Africa has some of the technical capabilities to support the process through systematic planning, institution building and investment in essential infrastructure...
Rethinking traditional approaches to tackling unemployment in South Africa: Exploring feasible, well-designed grant-based approaches for the unemployed to complement active labour -market policies
26 Jun 2023 / 14:00 to 16:00
Join us for a policy debate in which leading experts and policymakers explore the potential impact of grant-based approaches as a complement to active labour-market policies in denting unemployment in South Africa. As the first...
August holds special significance in South Africa, marked by Women's Day on the 9th. It is a time to honour women's extraordinary courage and resilience in the struggle for equality and freedom. During this month...
The South African rail freight sector is currently facing a crisis of operational efficiency, which is having a significant economic impact. In the bulk mineral corridors, reduced rail capacity has prevented South Africa from benefiting...
Recently, we had the opportunity to speak with two experts from the South African Revenue Service (SARS), Mamiky Leolo and Pumla Bam. Leolo serves as the Executive Manager of the Macro Economic Research unit within...
Exploring Localized Impacts of Mining: SA-TIED Paper Presented at the Irish Economics Association Conference
Carol Newman who serves as co-academic lead for SA-TIED´s Workstream 1 on Enterprise development for job creation and growth, presented her paper titled " Spillovers from extractive industries" at the Irish Economics Association conference held...
SA-TIED researchers will take part in the Nordic Conference in Development Economics, NCDE 2023, organized by the University of Gothenburg. The event will take place 13-15 June in Gothenburg, Sweden. The NCDE 2023 conference serves...
Visit to National Treasury´s secure facility offers a glimpse into the data supporting policy making in South Africa
On 4 May 2023, representatives from the European Union , the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO), and the South African Revenue Services (SARS) visited South Africa's National Treasury (NT) to learn more about the...
In the media
The launch of SA-TIED Phase II was a major success, garnering widespread media attention. Bongani Bingwa, the host of Breakfast 702, interviewed Antony Phillipson, High Commissioner of the UK to South Africa, ahead of yesterday’s...
Examining the economy-wide consequences of South Africa following a similar trajectory of labour market polarization to the rest of the world requires an appropriate database for an economy-wide policy analysis framework. This paper describes how...
In the media
New working papers from SA-TIED on profit shifting and transfer mispricing have made headlines in South Africa. The research has renewed the ongoing conversation about the fair and effective taxation of multinational enterprises. To find...
15 January 2019
Turnin’ it up a notch - How spillovers from foreign direct investment boost the complexity of South Africa’s exports
Countries’ economic complexity, and the associated diversification and sophistication of their exports, is a key determinant of economic growth. Understanding how South African firms learn to export more sophisticated products is, therefore, an important policy...
In the media
During a speech to parliament on Tuesday, South Africa’s Finance Minister, Tito Mboweni, discussed the important work being carried out by the Southern Africa – Towards Inclusive Economic Development (SA-TIED) programme. Mboweni highlighted the achievements...
26 November 2019
A key objective of many governments is to improve tax revenue mobilization. One way to achieve this is by improving tax compliance. This requires accurate knowledge of the tax gap, i.e. the difference between what...