New staff in the School of Economics Reply

We have some new staff members on the hallway and we want to briefly introduce them over the next few weeks.

The four Agricultural Economists have been at the NWU for a while, but in 2016 they officially joined the School of Economics. The fourth and final one that gets an introduction is Dr Johnny van der Merwe.

Johnny 2014

Johnny van der Merwe

He recently completed his PhD, specialising in the field of competitive analysis, price mechanisms and development. Dr van der Merwe’s master’s degree was judged the best master’s degree in 2010 at the University of the Free State and was also submitted into the best national thesis competition at the Agricultural Economics Association of South Africa (AEASA). Dr van der Merwe’s research is currently focused on analysing the impact of wheat grading, pricing and innovation on the competitiveness of the South African wheat industry. Some of his other research work focuses on the trade, development and sustainability of the South African agricultural sector.

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