A LEAP into the future Reply

If you are interested in economics and economic development, you will be interested in its roots and this new initiative at Stellenbosch University. Check you Johan’s blog post

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Photo by Mario The past is never dead. It is not even past. Photo by Mario Gerth

This week is conference week. From Monday to Tuesday, STIAS hosts an ERSA Workshop on the ‘Fiscal history of Africa’. With additional funding by the British Academy, we have been able to invite a stellar list of international visitors: Noel Johnson (George Mason), Christian Makgala (Botswana), Leigh Gardner (LSE), and Jutta Bolt (Groningen). And from Wednesday to Friday, another ERSA workshop, this time on ‘Longitudinal data in African history’, will be held at STIAS. Here, too, we have an exciting list of international presenters: Marcella Alsan (Stanford), Bill Collins (Vanderbilt), Jason Long (Wheaton), Ellen Hillbom and Erik Green (Lund), Neil Cummins (LSE) and several PhD-students. More than 30 local participants will be able to share their research and interact with the visitors. Hosting the workshops back-to-back mean that many can stay for both.

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Should we care about deindustrialisation? Reply

Tregenna inaugural imageProf Derick Blaauw attended the Professorial Inauguration of Prof Fiona Tregenna of the Department of Economics and Econometrics at the University of Johannesburg on the 20th of May. Prof Tregenna’s lecture was entitled: “Should we care about deindustrialisation?” Prof Tregenna’s address focussed on the complexities of deindustrialisation and on some of the aspects she views as important when evaluating the likely effects of deindustrialisation on growth. Prof Tregenna is one of only a few economists in South Africa that have ever been awarded a B-rating from the NRF. Her primary area of research is structural and sectorial changes of economies, with a special focus on deindustrialisation.

You can download the paper here.

Our MCom students graduated today! Reply

We have graduation ceremonies on campus this week and Magister Commercii, Master of Commerce, students graduated this morning. We are proud to list the students and the topics of their thesis.

phd gradThe M.Com. in Economics was awarded to:

  • Ilandi Bezuidenhout – The men by the side of the road: Determinants of the wages of day labourers.
  • Du Toit Niemand – Analysing the spatial persistence of population and wealth during Apartheid.
  • Mia van der Linde – An analysis of the polarisation of the South African labour market.
  • Christelle Viljoen – An analysis of the economic geography of labour market outcomes in South Africa.

In Risk Management:

  • Joubert de Villiers – The relationship between exchange rate volatility and portfolio inflow in South Africa.
  • Hestia Stoffberg – Assessing the suitability of regulatory asset correlations applied to South African loan losses.

In International Trade:

  • Chrislemien Groenewald – Analysing the effectiveness of trade facilitation in South Africa.
  • Francois van Heerden – Identifying employment-intensive export sectors in South Africa’s services industry.

Congratulations to the students and supervisors.

Conference news: Prof Kleynhans in Athens Reply

Prof. Ewert Kleynhans attended the 2nd Annual International Conference on Business, Law and Economics, in Athens in Greece during the week of 4 May 2015 organised by the Athens Institute for Education and Research (ATINER). He presented a paper with the title: “Elements of industrial success and spillovers”, which attracted much interest, comments, advice and questions.

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Prof. Kleynhans at the Acropolis in Athens, Greece

His paper investigated the factors that determine the international competitiveness of firms and industries in South Africa starting from a micro-economic level. The newest literature is studied followed by empirical studies on factors that ensure longevity in the market and enhancement of sales by films. Emphasis was placed on the various element of the South African industrial competitive platform. The focus was on the role that technological and knowledge play in the enhancement of competitiveness, efficiency and economic success. What makes this study unique is that it included the interaction of various factors on each other and also acknowledges that such spillovers might also harm the competitiveness of firms and industries.

The findings of this research will be published in the next edition of the international journal: Studia Oeconomica