Marianne Matthee and Carli Bezuidenhout was part of a research group who participated in a public seminar held by the WITS Business School on Monday 6 June 2016. The theme of the lecture was “A New Analytical Frontier: Firm Level Analysis Using SARS Administrative Record Data”. This seminar showcased research utilising newly available administrative records data. This initiative was driven through a collaborative effort between SARS, the Economic Policy Division of the National Treasury and the World Institute for Development Economics Research of the United Nations University (UNU-WIDER). Marianne, Carli and Neil Rankin’s (from Stellenbosch University) research focuses on manufacturing exporters in South Africa.
Marianne Matthee participated in a SARB/National Treasury/UNU-WIDER workshop held at the Reserve Bank on 7 June 2016. The focus of the workshop was to investigate why South Africa’s productivity is so low. Marianne’s presentation gave insight into the productivity levels of manufacturing exporters. Her presentation highlighted that participation in export markets is low and that very few firms specialise in exporting. Other presentations included an overview of aggregate productivity by Channing Arndt (UNU-WIDER), an investigation into productivity growth in South African and other EMs by Carol Newman (UNU-WIDER and Trinity College), competition and productivity by Nicola Viegi (University of Pretoria) and trade and intermediaries by Lawrence Edwards (University of Cape Town). The keynote speaker at the workshop was Paul Schreyer, Deputy Chief Statistician of the OECD.