NEWSLETTER ISSUE #2/2016       

TRADE researchers and partners lift the lid on South Africa’s export and productivity constraints
 
Prof Marianne Matthee and Ms Carli Bezuidenhout of the TRADE research entity have over the last 18 months been participating in a multi-phase research project involving UNU-WIDER (United Nations University’s World Institute for Development Economics Research), the National Treasury, the South African Revenue Service (SARS), and selected academics from the NWU and Stellenbosch University. The aim of the project is to reveal the main drivers of (and constraints to) productivity and export involvement in South African firms. This is an area that has important policy implications, but has not been subjected to critical enquiry and as a result is poorly understood.
 
At a public seminar convened at the Wits Business School in Johannesburg in June, Prof Matthee shared some of the team’s research findings in a presentation titled: ‘A New Analytical Frontier: Firm Level Analysis Using SARS Administrative Record Data’.
 
The research team is currently expanding the scope of its project work to include exports and their role in employment generation in South Africa.   
 
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