8 Mar 2019 / 11:00 to 8 Mar 2018 / 12:00

Resource misallocation and total factor productivity among SA manufacturing firms

As a part of the SA-TIED Seminar Series, Professor Carol Newman will present the research findings of her team's work on the impact of resource misallocation on total factor productivity within and between firms in South Africa. For this research, Professor Newman has used South Africa's firm-level tax data to quantify the total impact of labour and capital misallocation on productivity levels within South Africa's manufacturing sector. The work informs a broader conversation on how capital and labour becomes inefficiently allocated, within and between firms, in the South African context, and the impact this misallocation has on total productivity and, indeed, economic and employment growth outcomes. Professor Newman and her team's work on this issue sheds light on the importance of appropriate resource allocation for generating gains to growth and employment and also on the potential pathways for acheiving these gains more quickly in South Africa. 

SA-TIED programme partners, stakeholders, and government officials are invited to attend the seminar. 

Carol Newman is a Professor in Economics and Head of Department at the Department of Economics, Trinity College, Dublin. Her research focus is the microeconomics of development with an emphasis on household and enterprise behaviour. She has published widely in the fields of development and agricultural economics and she is engaged in research projects across Africa and South East Asia. She is co-founder of the Trinity Impact Evaluation (TIME) unit, a non-resident senior research fellow of UNU-WIDER, and a consultant to the World Bank. She is a SA-TIED lead researcher for the work stream on Enterprise development for job creation and growth.

This seminare was based on SA-TIED Working Paper #62 now available here.