ESSA conference 2015 Reply

Last week the School of Economics relocated to Cape Town for the biennial meeting of the Economic Society of South Africa at UCT. We presented an range of papers:

The opening plenary session

The opening plenary session

  • Marianne Matthee and Maria Santana Gallego, Trade margins of South Africa: A gravity model approach
  • Ewert Kleynhans and Moloto Joe Sekhobela Sekhobela, Intellectual capital of the various manufacturing sectors of South Africa
  • Henri Bezuidenhout and Sonja Grater, The dimensions of FDI in the tourism sector in Africa
  • Alicia Fourie and Waldo Krugell, Economic literacy of introductory economic students in South Africa: Is it on track?
  • Neil Rankin, Marianne Matthee, Tasha Naughtin and Carli Bezuidenhout, Extensive and intensive margins of exporting and productivity amongst South African firms
  • Ermie Steenkamp, Sonja Grater and Wilma Viviers, Identifying market access opportunities of South Africa’s exports in Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Anmar Pretorius and Alain Kabundi, A factor analysis of global stock market integration
  • Sandra Makumbirofa and Andrea Saayman, Forecasting demand for qualified labour in the South African hotel industry

  • Kotie Viljoen, Derick Blaauw and Rinie Schenck, Picking waste for a “dollar or a dime”: An income analysis of street waste pickers in South Africa’s informal economy
  • Henry Cockeran and Waldo Krugell, Measuring South Africa’s susceptibility to crises
  • Tasha Naughtin, Neil Rankin and Marianne Matthee, The South African Exporter’s Missing Productivity Premium: A characteristic of the data or something more?
  • Ernst Idsardi, Ermie Steenkamp, Wilma Viviers and Herman van Schalkwyk, South Africa’s Agro-complex: Creating Employment and Export Opportunities Through Diversification
  • Derick Blaauw, Rinie Schenck and Anmar Pretorius, “The times they are a changing”: The changing nature of day labouring in South Africa’s informal economy
  • Carike Claassen, Alain Kabundi and Elsabe Loots, Co-movement between China and advanced economies: recoupling or decoupling?

Extraordinary Professor Peet Strydom also made two presentations:

  • Peet Strydom, Capital in the twenty-first century: Different views on Thomas Piketty
  • Peet Strydom, Labour’s declining income share

And Prof Raymond Parsons spoke on the topic: Piketty on inequality – new light on an old story?

One of our Mafikeng colleagues also presented a paper:

  • J. Hinaunye Eita, The Role of Governance Indicators in Stock Market Development of Selected Sub-Saharan Economies

A special word of thanks to John Luiz and the organising committee for all the hard work that goes into a memorable conference.

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