Hier aan die einde van die akademiese jaar is die nuus uit die Skool maar min. Die dosente is besig met die tweede eksamengeleentheid se nasienwerk, punteverwerking en vergaderings om die jaar af te sluit. Daar is darem paar hoogtepunte om te noem:
- Ons het hierdie week ons Secret Santa-aksie gehou. Altyd lekker om ‘n onverwagte geskenk te kry.
- Mnr Requier Wait en ‘n paar Honneursstudente is hierdie week by die Africa Oil Week konferensie in Kaapstad. Mnr Wait was ‘n genooide spreker in die Young Professionals sessie en het gepraat oor tegniese kapasiteit in navorsing in die bedryf.
- Volgende week hou die Ekonomiese Geskiedenis werkgroep van ERSA hulle 10de werkswinkel hier in Potchefstroom. Die tema is migrasie en daar is lekker aanbiedings op die program: Daar word onder andere gekyk na slawe handel, Joodse migrasie en die Voortrekkers by een werkswinkel. Die program is hier: ERSA 10 2013.
Our extraordinary Professor Peet Strydom recently wrote us a review of Prof Raymond Parsons’ new book Zumanomics Revisited.
Parsons, R. Zumanomics Revisited: The Road from Mangaung to 2030, Auckland Park: Jacana, 2013.
Zumanomics Revisited is a different book from the 2009 edition of “Zumanomics” that comprised a large number of essays on the South African economy edited by Raymond Parsons. The present edition is the vision of one author on the future of the political economy of South Africa. It is an independent assessment of the current state of the economy with a vision of the likely future political economy developments if the policy proposals of the National Development Plan (NDP) are implemented. There is a close relation between the exposition followed by Parsons and that of the NDP. This is explained by the fact that the NDP is an economic-political document based on a synthesis between opposing views. The NDP does not subscribe to a particular political or economic ideology. It presents its analysis and policy proposals from an ideological neutral position. In this respect its policy proposals presuppose a synthesis. It is this feature that qualifies the NDP as a unique policy document that could be implemented without wasting time on diverging ideological debates. Put differently, the implementation of the NDP requires leadership not ideological debates. This is the major theme of Zumaeconomics version two. In this sense this book projects an optimistic vision of the South African trajectory towards 2030. This is an important stance that requires strong defence in a country that is showing features of optimism fatigue with a failing public sector. More…
This week Me Alicia Fourie of the School of Economics received the award as the top lecturer in the Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences. The competition is held on all three campuses and sponsored by Rapport. Students are asked to vote for their most inspiring lecturer. Alicia teaches ECON111 and ECON121 to the first year students and the prize represents a whole year’s worth of hard work and caring. Congratulations Alicia.
The School of Economics is proud to announce that Prof Marianne Matthee recently received the National Research Foundation’s Y2 rating. This means that she is recognised as a young researcher (within 5 years from PhD) who has demonstrated the potential (by research outputs) to establish herself as a researcher in her field. It is a big honour and the result of a lot of hard work. Here is more about what she has been working on and future research plans:
Over the past seven years, the focus of my research has predominantly been on exporting as an economic activity of South African regions and firms. It started out by investigating different elements of sub-national or regional exports. These elements included, among others, the determinant of exports and the importance of domestic transport costs, location and export composition. During this time, I began to develop an understanding of the dynamics of regional exports and realised that the next step should be to focus on the firms in the regions that generate exports. Therefore, my subsequent research contained firm-level analyses also under the broad topic of internationalisation. I have been fortunate to work with experienced co-authors who have assisted a great deal in the growth and development of my research career. Writing with international co-authors (such as Prof Wim Naudé, Prof Thomas Gries and Prof Maarten Bosker) has taught me how to write articles on the level required by international journals. I have also gained experience by working with more senior colleagues in my School (such as Prof Waldo Krugell and Prof Wilma Viviers). Finally, I have also been fortunate to write articles with students who were under my supervision for their master’s and PhD degrees. More…