/enterprise-development

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.

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...
August 2020
Enterprise development
Blog
Ludvig Wier
Corporate taxation is at the heart of economic development, and cardiac failure looms if international tax reform is not made globally inclusive
August 2020
Enterprise development
Working paper
Aalia Cassim
Attempts to regulate the temporary employment sector have had mixed results internationally. In South Africa, temporary employment was regulated in 2015 through amendments to the Labour Relations Act. This paper uses administrative data to examine...
June 2020
Enterprise development
Working paper
Brandon Tan
There is a large literature on the minimum wage focused on directly exposed firms and geographies. This paper will provide new evidence that the minimum wage has signifi cant spillover effects on firms exposed to...
May 2020
Enterprise development
Working paper
Isaac Marcelin and Daniel Brink
We propose to test hypotheses on the effects of trade credit on financially constrained firms using a rich new data set on South African firms. We analyse cross-industry differences in external liquidity needs. We test...
May 2020
Enterprise development
Working paper
Syden Mishi, Ncwadi, Weliswa Matekenya and Roselyn Karambakuwa
Small to medium enterprises are considered a vehicle for employment creation and unlocking of growth potential for many economies, with Sub Saharan African countries not an exception. However, the survival of the firms and products...
May 2020
Enterprise development
Working paper
Bruno Morando, Carol Newman and John Rand
The role of antidumping legislation is to protect domestic producers against competition from imports that are being sold below market cost. It is the most common form of trade protection used in economies throughout the...
May 2020
Enterprise development
Working paper
Bruno Morando, Carol Newman and John Rand
Extractive industries form an important part of the economy for many developing countries, yet evidence suggests that having an abundance of resources does not necessarily translate into higher living standards. In particular, little is known...
May 2020
Enterprise development