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
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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Research Brief
by SA-TIED
The study uses a comparative analysis of foreign-owned firms operating in South Africa to show that firms with a parent registered in a tax haven...
24 October 2019
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Research Brief
SA-TIED Research Brief 2019-7
by SA-TIED
The analysis of firm growth has been a topic of consistent economic interest as a growing body of literature has lent support to the possibility that...
09 October 2019
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Research Brief
by SA-TIED
China’s growing edge in export manufacturing has caused concern for low-income and middle-income countries seeking to develop robust manufacturing...
01 October 2019
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Working paper
SA-TIED Working Paper #73
by Sofia Torreggiani and Antonio Andreoni
Using firm-level tax administrative data from 2010 to 2017, we study the impact of Chinese import penetration on the performances of manufacturing...
27 September 2019
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Research seminar
SA-TIED researchers Njeri Wabiri and David Fadiran will present their recent research on the spatial dynamics of firm-level productivity in South A
23 September 2019
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