Research: Using the TRADE-DSM to find viable export opportunities 2

At TRADE the flagship model is the Decision Support Model used to identify export opportunities. Earlier Prof Wilma Viviers wrote a nice piece for the Mail and Guardian on how the TRADE-DSM Navigator can be used to identify markets for South African fruit exports. The model identifies export opportunities in terms of products and markets and takes account of factors such as country risk, logistics costs, trade barriers and the market potential. You can read more about it here.

Fruit exports M&G

News from the School Reply

October is just flying and in the School of Economics we have been busy with the last few assessments and sorting out the participation marks ahead of the exam. We do have a few small bits of news.

20141017_092001On Friday Dr Andre Heymans and a group of Honours students visited Senwes. They were treated to the whole tour and learned more about the trading and hedging done by this major agriculture player.

Earlier this month Prof Derick Blaauw attended an ERSA workshop of the Micro-, Labour Economics and Poverty group in Ballito. The topic of the Workshop was the foundations of Labour Economics. During the Workshop prominent labour economists from UKZN, UCT and Stellenbosch University presented lectures on the essential foundations of labour economics. Topics covered included:

  • Schooling and Earnings,
  • Discrimination,
  • Labour Demand,
  • Labour Supply and
  • Aggregate labour markets

This will form the foundation of future labour workshops, sponsored by ERSA.