South Africa

Pathways to Profits: The Impact of Marketing versus Finance Skills on Business Performance

This paper by Anderson, Chandy and Zia (2017), published in Management Science, examines the impact of improvements in marketing skills relative to finance skills among small business owners.

Journal Article
1 Dec 2018

Dataset on retail outlet product prices for Botswana, Lesotho and South Africa

The data presented in this article by Nchake, Edwards and Rankin (2018) are related to the research article entitled “Closer monetary union and product market integration in emerging economies: Evidence from the Common Monetary Area in Southern Africa” (Nc

Journal Article
1 Aug 2018

Trade Liberalization, Labor Mobility, and Structural Transformation

This project aims to understand the effect of trade liberalization on structural change.

Research Project
8 Sep 2017

Call Me Maybe: Experimental Evidence on Using Mobile Phones to Survey Microenterprises

Garlick, Orkin and Quinn (2017) run the first randomised controlled trial to compare microenterprise data from surveys of different frequency – weekly or monthly – and medium – phone or in-person.

Research Note
30 Aug 2017

Price Effects of Borders Between Lesotho and South Africa

Despite efforts to increase integration within Africa, product markets remain segmented between countries.

Working Paper
1 Jun 2017

Call Me Maybe: Experimental Evidence on Using Mobile Phones to Survey Microenterprises

Garlick, Orkin and Quinn (2017) run the first randomised controlled trial to compare microenterprise data from surveys of different frequency and medium. They randomly assign enterprises to monthly in-person, weekly in-person, or weekly phone panel surveys.

Working Paper
24 Apr 2017

Do Worker Non-cognitive Skills Affect Firm Outcomes?

This work will shed light on how much employers value cognitive (e.g. IQ) and non-cognitive (e.g. motivation, perseverance etc.) skills and the extent to which these skills are predictive of future productivity.

Research Project
27 Feb 2017

When Entrepreneurship Training Matters: Targeting Business Skills to Better Stimulate Firm Growth

Providing entrepreneurs with business skills to help them grow their firms is important. But one size does not fit all - can better targeting of training programmes achieve greater returns to policymakers' investments?

Research Note
10 Jul 2015

Price Setting Behaviour in Lesotho: Stylised Facts from Consumer Retail Prices

This paper by Edwards and Nchake (2015), published in the South African Journal of Economics, documents some of the main features of price-setting behaviour by retail outlets in Lesotho over the period March 2002 to December 2009.

Journal Article
1 Jun 2015

The Life Cycle of South African Manufacturing Firms

In this paper Andrew Kerr (2015) uses a new source of firm level panel data to describe and better understand the life cycle of South African manufacturing firms.

Working Paper
1 Jun 2015

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