Enterprise development for job creation and growth

In this work stream, researchers from UNU-WIDER, NT and the South African Revenue Service (SARS), will build and expand the tax administrative and other micro enterprise data available in South Africa, thereby developing these research tools to be even richer and more versatile resource for researchers and policy makers.

Understanding the opportunities and constraints to private sector development and productivity growth is key for the design of effective policies that deliver on job creation and economic growth more broadly. The recent availability of tax administrative and other micro-data on enterprises in South Africa provides a valuable resource for policy-relevant academic research that allows for a deeper understanding of the functioning of the private sector, and the mechanisms through which government policy and globalization impact on economic growth and development.

The efforts under this work stream will be directed to further expand and develop the available data and supporting policy-relevant academic research based on the data covering topics such as worker mobility, innovation, and access to credit.

Research Brief
The impact on jobs and earnings of offshoring in South Africa
by SA-TIED
The success of an economy’s manufacturing sector is often critical to economic growth and development. As a major contributor to exports, site of...
18 February 2020
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Working paper
Bjørn Bo Sørensen
Countries’ economic complexity, and the associated diversification and sophistication of their exports, is a key determinant of economic growth....
18 February 2020
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Working paper
Lawrence Edwards and Ayanda Hlatshwayo
This paper uses detailed firm transaction data on manufactured exports to analyse the dilution of the real exchange rate-export relationship in South...
18 February 2020
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Research Brief
Spatial dynamics of firm productivity in South Africa
by SA-TIED
The design and implementation of industrial policy should be closely linked to spatial considerations. Firm output and productivity are often...
07 February 2020
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Working paper
Ayanda Hlatshwayo, Friedrich Kreuser, Carol Newman, and John Rand
This paper uses matched employer-employee data from South Africa to examine the extent to which technology transfers between firms through the hiring...
06 February 2020
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Working paper
Karmen Naidoo
This paper investigates the effect of innovation on employment growth at the firm level in South Africa. Innovation is typically associated with...
21 January 2020
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Working paper
Hammed Amusa, Njeri Wabiri, and David Fadiran
Using comprehensive, anonymized tax administrative data for the 2008–14 period, we examine firm-level productivity in South Africa. Measures of firm-...
20 January 2020
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Research seminar
SA-TIED will hold a seminar on offshoring within South African manufacturing firms, an analysis of the labour market effects.
17 January 2020
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In the media
In speech to parliament, Finance Minister praises SA-TIED
by SA-TIED
During a speech to parliament on Tuesday, South Africa’s Finance Minister, Tito Mboweni, discussed the important work being carried out by the...
12 December 2019
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Research Brief
by SA-TIED
New research provides the first direct evidence of tax-motivated transfer mispricing in a developing country. Using highly detailed firm-level...
22 November 2019
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Policy dialogue
The purpose of the workshop is to engage in a collaborative dialogue with policymakers in the areas of growth and employment in order to share the
18 November 2019
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inequality
Working paper
SA-TIED Working Paper #83
Anmar Pretorius, Carli Bezuidenhout, Marianne Matthee, and Derick Blaauw
In South Africa, the manufacturing sector—important for growth and employment creation—has shown declining growth, poor productivity performance,...
15 November 2019
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