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.
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.
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,
- Labour Demand,
- Labour Supply and
- Aggregate labour markets
This will form the foundation of future labour workshops, sponsored by ERSA.