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Surprise success – moving SA-TIED seminars online makes them more engaging and fruitful

In September 2020, due to the ongoing pandemic, SA-TIED moved its seminar series online. What once took place at the National Treasury in Pretoria, now takes place once or twice a month on Zoom...

SA-TIED South Africa
Working Paper
The influence of household composition on leisure time in South Africa: A gender comparison

This study considers how household composition influences the leisure time of men and women in South Africa, using the South African 2010 Time Use Survey...

leisure household composition Gender inequality
Working Paper
Youth unemployment hysteresis in South Africa: Macro-micro analysis

This study simulates the macro-micro economic impacts of the employment policy, focusing on hysteresis in youth unemployment in South Africa...

Computable general equilibrium Youth unemployment Employment
Working Paper
Structural estimates of the South African sacrifice ratio

This paper estimates the output cost of fighting inflation—the sacrifice ratio—for the South African economy using quarterly data spanning the period 1998Q1–2019Q3...

Monetary policy Inflation targeting Output
Technical Note
Identifying foreign firms and South African multinational enterprises: CIT-IRP5 panel v4.0

The identification of foreign firms and South African multinational enterprises (MNEs) in the CIT-IRP5 panel has proved to be a challenge for many researchers...

Multinational firms Foreign firms Tax data
Research Brief
Technology, tourism, malls, and metros: Promises and pitfalls of tradable services in Africa

There is growing recognition around the world that tradable services can play a valuable role in economic development. Africa is no exception, with the need for multiple routes to growth, particularly vis-à-vis the COVID-19 pandemic...

Africa International trade South Africa
Working Paper
Do fiscal regimes matter for fiscal sustainability in South Africa?: A Markov-switching approach

This paper empirically examines South Africa’s fiscal sustainability through a Markov-switching model which utilizes quarterly datasets for the period from 1960 to 2019...

Fiscal Fiscal policy Sustainability
Working Paper
Identifying structural changes in the exchange rates of South Africa as a regime-switching process

Exchange rate volatility is said to exemplify the economic health of a country. Exchange rate break points (known as structural breaks) have a momentous impact on the macroeconomy of a country...

Machine learning Markov switching Principal component analysis
Working Paper
Orphans and stunted growth: Investigating the potential of spatial network effects in service delivery for reducing stunting in orphans

Stunted growth in early life has serious implications for children and is a well-established constraint to productivity, life expectancy, and cognitive development...

Children Vulnerability Stunting
Working Paper
The impact on the South African economy of alternative regulatory arrangements in the petroleum sector

This paper adds quantitative analysis to the study by Crompton et al. (2020) , in which various alternative regulatory arrangements regarding the petrol price in South Africa were explored...

Computable general equilibrium Economic impact Prices
Working Paper
Exporters and global value chain participation: Firm-level evidence from South Africa

Using the South African Revenue Service and National Treasury firm-level panel data for 2009–17, this paper investigates how global value chain-related trade affects the export performance of manufacturing firms in South Africa...

Global value chains Learning by exporting Productivity
Research Brief
Are credits or deductions better in public health spending?: The impact on equality in South Africa

The impact of medical deductions and medical credits on income inequality is a subject of discussion in South Africa, as well as in many other countries, raising critical questions about the fairness of the medical tax system and the impact on afford...

Medical tax credit Medical expenses Tax deductions
Working Paper
Petrol price regulation in South Africa: Is it meeting its intended objectives?

The South African liquid fuels industry is a significant part of the economy. Historically, government policy focused on import substitution industrialization to support industry margins...

Prices South Africa Deregulation
Working Paper
Polarization in the South African labour market: Economy-wide scenarios

Technical change impacts both the employment intensity of production and the composition of occupations and skills of employment...

Labour market Polarization Computable general equilibrium
Research Brief
Turnin’ it up a notch: Can foreign direct investment help South Africa increase the complexity of its exports?

Since the end of apartheid, South Africa’s economic challenges have disrupted efforts to establish a society of inclusive growth and prosperity...

Economic complexity Foreign Direct Investment FDI
Working Paper
Globalization and gender inequality: Evidence from South Africa

Inequality has been rising in most countries for several decades, with negative consequences for social cohesion and economic growth. Substantial gender wage gaps contribute significantly to overall wage inequality...

Gender wage gap International trade Linked employer-employee data
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