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Investigating how realising export potential through regional integration can contribute towards economic development in Africa

21 November 2017

Article 2 will consist of desktop research and will be finalised by December ...

Informal employment in South Africa: Still missing pieces in the vulnerability puzzle

21 November 2017

and under-researched. The emergence of informal employment activities, such as day ... discourse, and to identify those issues that must head a refocused research ... of informal sector research. Available from: ...

Understanding manufactured exporters at the firm-level: new insights from using SARS administrative data

21 November 2017

South African work on firm-level data has been limited by a lack of access to large datasets that track firms over time. This paper overcomes this constraint by analysing a new dataset of the population of manufacturing firms that are matched to their exp ...

ASEAN economic integration compared: what do the numbers tell us?

21 November 2017

In the comparative literature on regional (economic) integration processes, the ASEAN experience is often contrasted with the European (EU) integration process. More than any other integration process in the world, the ASEAN case is singled out as a count ...

Identifying the determinants of South Africa’s trade margins: A gravity model approach

21 November 2017

The significance of the paper is twofold. Firstly, it adds to the small but growing body of literature focusing on the decomposition of South Africa’s export growth. Secondly, it identifies the determinants of the intensive and extensive margins of South ...

The contribution of public capital towards economic growth

21 November 2017

Research has shown that adequate infrastructure is essential for an increase in productivity and sustained economic growth. The growth-enhancing effect that public spending has on production in private firms implies ...

South Africa’s economic policies on unemployment: A historical analysis of transition

21 November 2017

Upon South Africa’s transition to democracy in 1994, there were great hopes for an economic revival in the country, underpinned by supportive economic policies that prioritised job creation and the elimination of longstanding poverty and inequality. Until ...

Promoting food security through indigenous and traditional food crops

21 November 2017

Despite many factors weighing in South Africa’s favour on the agricultural front, including having official ‘food secure’ status, millions of households have insufficient access to nutritionally safe food. This is largely a function of poverty, which is p ...

Realising the potential of services SMEs in developing economies.

21 November 2017

The development of services sectors in least-developed countries (LDCs) and low-income countries (LICs) has the potential to generate economic growth, raise incomes and reduce poverty rates. Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) play a key role in thi ...

Identifying Thailand’s high-potential export opportunities in ASEAN+3 countries.

21 November 2017

This paper aims to identify Thailand’s realistic export opportunities (REOs) in the ASEAN+3 countries (i.e. ASEAN, Greater China, Japan and South Korea), which together constitute an economically dynamic region and a strategic export destination for Thail ...