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A simulation approach to reconciling customs and trade risk associated with cross-border freight movements

19 February 2018

The research approach combines the analysis of historical electronic transaction ...

Enhancing industrial cluster formation through the realistic export opportunities of the TRADE-DSM

19 February 2018

This paper explores the natural synergies between industrial cluster formation and the identification of realistic export opportunities (REOs), using the TRADE-DSM for a resource-dependent region, the North West Province of South Africa. The structural pa ...

Breaking the ‘big data’ barrier when selecting agricultural export markets: An innovative approach

19 February 2018

A country’s comparative advantage is not only dependent on factor endowments. History, random events (wars, oil crises, sanctions, etc.) and past government policies are important factors shaping a country’s trade patterns. Such factors are recognised in ...

Markets matter: the potential of intra-regional trade in ASEAN and its implications for Asian regionalism.

19 February 2018

This paper attempts to shed new light on the prospects of strengthening economic integration in South-East Asia by performing a quantitative assessment of the potential for extending intra-regional trade. It is evident that ASEAN's export space is ex ...

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

19 February 2018

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 ...

Realising the potential of services SMEs in developing economies.

19 February 2018

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 ...

Promoting food security through indigenous and traditional food crops

19 February 2018

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 ...

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

19 February 2018

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 ...

The contribution of public capital towards economic growth

19 February 2018

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 ...

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

19 February 2018

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 ...