TIPS is a not-for-profit economic research organisation based in Pretoria, South Africa. TIPS has three main focus areas: trade and industrial policy, sustainable growth, and inequality and economic inclusion. TIPS undertakes research and analysis, and facilitates policy development, dialogue and capacity building.

Real Economy Bulletin

The Real Economy Bulletin is a review of trends, developments and data in the real economy, together with analysis of the main manufacturing industries and key data. Third Quarter 2018 is now out.

Manufacturing Data

The TIPS manufacturing subsector notes provide information on contribution to GDP, employment, profitability and assets, market structure and dominant producers, major inputs and international trade.

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Development Dialogue

The Development Dialogue Seminars, hosted by TIPS, offer a platform to share views and ideas on development issues and alternative policy strategies.

Training Workshops 2017

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Upcoming events and Announcements

  • The Real Economy Bulletin - Third Quarter 2018

    The bulletin is a review of quarterly trends, developments and data in the real economy, together with analysis of the main manufacturing industries. Briefing notes in this issue are on the Investment Conference 2018 - Evaluating the pledges, Medium Term Budget Policy Statement (MTBPS) - Implications for industrial development, and The Job Summit and inclusive industrialisation: See The Real Economy Bulletin - First Quarter 2018.

  • TIPS Import Tracker

    The TIPS Import Tracker is a quarterly analysis of import trends. The reports provide an overview of import patterns and look at the causes of surges in manufacturing imports, and their likely impact on industry. Quarters 1, 2 and 3, 2018 are now available online. See Import Tracker

  • TIPS FDI Tracker

    The TIPS FDI Tracker monitors inward foreign direct investment projects. Quarters 1, 2 and 3, 2018 are now available online. See FDI Tracker.

  • Development Dialogue: Education and skills for the economy

    TIPS hosted a Development Dialogue on Education and skills for the economy on November 19. Speakers were Brian Levy (UCT) and Carmel Marock (Singizi). For copies of the presentations go to Development Dialogue.

Policy Briefs

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Working at TIPS

TIPS offers internships to qualified people to gain professional experience in the economic policy field in South Africa and the continent.

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  • Senior Economist (Level 1)
    Trade & Industrial Policy Strategies (TIPS) is looking for a Senior Economist (Level 1) with at least five years of…
  • Senior Economist (Level 2)
    Trade & Industrial Policy Strategies (TIPS) is looking for a Senior Economist (Level 2) with at least eight years of appropriate…
  • Economist (Level 2)
    Trade & Industrial Policy Strategies (TIPS) is looking for an Economist with at least three years of work experience to…

Small Grant Research Papers

TIPS offers small research grants of up to R16 500 to students in South Africa at the Masters level. Students from outside South Africa would be considered in exceptional cases.

Economic Conferences

In addition to planning the Annual Forum, the TIPS Event Management Team can also be commissioned to plan and manage external economic conferences and events.