Trade and Industry

Trade & Growth Dynamics (45)

  • Year 2000
  • Organisation DIIW
  • Publication Author(s) Brigitte Preissl
  • Countries and Regions European Union (EU)
In most industrialised economies, service sectors do not only show high growth rates of output and employment : they also go through dramatic changes with respect to use of technology, innovation, and regulatory frameworks. Service sector performance becomes more and more important for the competitiveness of national economies. However, not…
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  • Year 2000
  • Organisation TIPS
  • Publication Author(s) Anna Kesper
  • Countries and Regions South Africa
South Africa’s recent integration into the world economy provokes the question about its potential for building competitive advantage and prosperity at the local level in the context of an increasingly globalised economy. The experience of prospering localities in industrialised countries, in particular Western Europe and Japan, suggests that the small…
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  • Year 2000
  • Organisation TIPS
  • Publication Author(s) Willem Naude
  • Countries and Regions South Africa
This document has been prepared for the Trade and Industrial Policy Secretariat (TIPS) in light of the imperative for South Africa to prepare its negotiating mandate at the discussions around the World Trade Organisation's (WTO) General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS) that commences in the year 2000. The GATS…
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  • Year 2000
  • Organisation TIPS
  • Publication Author(s) Taryn Dinkelman; Farah Pirouz
  • Countries and Regions South Africa
A narrow unemployment rate of 21.2% and a broad unemployment rate of 36% in 1997 in South Africa indicate a substantial number of working age people who did not work in the last seven days but would accept a job even though they were not actively searching for work. Under…
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  • Year 2000
  • Organisation WITS
  • Publication Author(s) Chris Malikane; Simon Roberts
  • Countries and Regions South Africa
The South African Competition Act of 1998, implemented on 1 September 1999, establishes a range of criteria for evaluating mergers and company practices that are deemed to harm economic efficiency, among other objectives. In particular, the Act prohibits a range of practices if the firm is ‘dominant’, including charging an…
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  • Year 2000
  • Organisation TIPS
  • Publication Author(s) TIPS
  • Countries and Regions South Africa
Low investment levels in the South African economy are consistently identified as the principal factor behind suboptimal growth rates. Despite the increasing recognition of the importance of investment there is relatively little analytical research available in South Africa on the determinants of investment behaviour, specifically at the sectoral level. It…
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  • Year 2000
  • Organisation TIPS
  • Publication Author(s) Chris Malikane; Simon Roberts
  • Countries and Regions South Africa
The paper utilises data from a survey of plastics firms and six firm case studies to examine the relationships between production and technology changes, and employment. The analysis examines associations between different factors influencing firms in making such changes and firm performance. These factors include trade liberalisation and the export…
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  • Year 2000
  • Organisation TIPS
  • Publication Author(s) Stephen Golub
  • Countries and Regions South Africa
The purpose of this paper is to assess South Africa’s international price and cost competitiveness, particularly with regard to labor costs, and to examine the quantitative relationships between South African cost competitiveness and tradeperformance. South African export and investment performance improved markedly during the 1990s, particularly the post-1994 period, coinciding…
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  • Year 2000
  • Organisation TIPS
  • Publication Author(s) David Ashton; Johnny Sung
The aim of this paper is to explore some of the major differences in the ways in which governments influence the process of skill formation. In particular, we focus on the ways in which governments use the market as a means of delivering the skills required for economic growth. We…
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  • Year 1999
  • Organisation UCT
  • Publication Author(s) James Hodge
  • Countries and Regions South Africa
In the lead-up to the next round of WTO talks, some commentators have argued that developing countries should liberalise their service industries for their own benefit and not just in response to industrial country demands. This paper critically explores this position for the case of South Africa. It finds that…
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  • Year 1998
  • Organisation University of London
  • Publication Author(s) Simon Roberts
This study undertakes a preliminary analysis of changes in manufacturing in light of the ongoing trade liberalisation measures introduced in the 1990s. The case for trade liberalisation rests on firms responding to the increased incentive to export, leading to more efficient use of resources, with increased productivity, competition and investment.…
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  • Year 1998
  • Publication Author(s) James Hodge
  • Countries and Regions South Africa
The production of and trade in high technology products has always been seen to be important for both developed and developing countries. For developed nations these products are a source of significant exports, off-setting their loss of competitiveness in traditional low technology products. For developing nations, mastery of these products…
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  • Year 1997
  • Organisation University of Cambridge
  • Publication Author(s) Ha-Joon Chang
  • Countries and Regions South Africa
This paper looks at some of the relevant and critical issues facing the South African government in devising an industrial policy. It provides an overview of some of the key theoretical issues in industrial policy and looks at some of the critical choices facing South Africa with reference to the…
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  • Year 1997
  • Organisation DPRU
  • Publication Author(s) James Hodge
The Services sector has become one of the most important sectors in the South African economy as it has grown double the rate of manufacturing over the last three decades. There is a noticeable absence of serious economic analysis on the importance of the South African Services sector both to…
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  • Year 1997
  • Organisation TIPS
  • Publication Author(s) CAPAS Regional Meetings
  • Countries and Regions South Africa
A regional meeting to launch the work programme of CAPAS Phase III was held at Helderfontein Estate in Johannesburg on 27-29 November 1997. The meeting was organised jointly by the Trade and Industrial Policy Secretariat (TIPS) and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) of South Africa with support from…
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