Research Archive (771)

  • Year 2000
  • Publication Author(s) Chris Malikane; Simon Roberts
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
  • Publication Author(s) Bernard Hoekman
A major policy issue for many developing countries is to foster further integration into the world economy. This note discusses the role competition policy can play in the context of efforts to promote the restructuring the economy, focusing in particular on the relationship with industrial and trade policy and on…
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  • Year 2000
  • Organisation TIPS
  • Publication Author(s) Nicolette Cattaneo
  • Countries and Regions South Africa
The studies of Evans (1996, 1997a,b) appear to be the most analytically ambitious attempts to address, empirically, the question of the economic desirability of a southern African free trade area (FTA).  Evans (1996) is apparently the only serious study available to date which gives detailed sectoral effects of the formation…
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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
  • Publication Author(s) Kabelo Reid
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  • Year 1999
  • Organisation DPRU
  • Publication Author(s) Haroon Bhorat
  • Countries and Regions South Africa
This paper describes formal employment trends in the South African economy since 1970, through using both survey and time-series data. In addition, the study tries to understand the forces that have shaped these employment trends. The descriptive statistics reveal that the primary sectors have shed close to 1.5 million jobs…
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  • Year 1999
  • Publication Author(s) Anna Kesper
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  • Year 1999
  • Organisation IDRC
  • Publication Author(s) Trevor Bell; Greg Farrell; Rashad Cassim
  • Countries and Regions South Africa
The aim of this paper is to consider the relationship between competitiveness, international trade and financial factors in the South African economy. The term ‘competitiveness’ is used here in two closely related, but distinctly different, senses. One of these refers to a country’s ability ‘to realise central economic policy goals,…
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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 1999
  • Publication Author(s) James Hodge
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  • Year 1999
  • Publication Author(s) Bryan Butterworth; Stephan Malherbe
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  • Year 1999
  • Publication Author(s) Rafiq Bagus
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  • Year 1999
  • Publication Author(s) Carolyn Jenkins
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  • Year 1999
  • Publication Author(s) Francis Teal
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  • Year 1999
  • Publication Author(s) Peter Batchelor; Paul Dunne
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  • Year 1999
  • Publication Author(s) Haroon Bhorat

  • Year 1999
  • Publication Author(s) Kennedy Mbekeani

  • Year 1999
  • Publication Author(s) O'mano Emma Edigheji
This paper seeks to provide a coherent definition of BEE, which has the empowerment of the people as its prime objective. In the first section, I examine how the concept of empowerment has been used in the field of development. In section two, I introduce and critique the minimalist approach…

  • 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
  • Organisation UNCTAD; TIPS
  • Publication Author(s) Ethel Teljeur
  • Countries and Regions European Union (EU), South Africa
This study projects the impact of the proposed free trade area (FTA) between South Africa and the European Union on the bilateral trade flows between the two. The South African and European respective proposals, as formulated in 1996, served as a basis. The results are evaluated both at an aggregate…
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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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