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Risk Preferences and the Impact of Credit and Insurance on Farm Technology Uptake

Martine Visser, Hafsah Jumare and Kerri Brick
We use a series of credit and insurance simulation games to test the role of access to credit and insurance on magnitude and timing of farm technology uptake with small-scale farmers in South Africa. Using Cumulative Prospect Theory, we assess how insurance impacts technology uptake given risk...
Mar 2019
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Access to micro – and informal loans: evaluating the impact on the quality of life of poor females in South Africa

Talita Greyling and Stephanié Rossouw
Background: Since the early 1980s, many governments have investigated the possibility of utilising access to microloans as a pathway to grow economies out of unemployment and thereby improve people's quality of life. Studies that have previously investigated the impact of microloans found a...
Mar 2019
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Market Potential, Agglomeration Effects and the Location of French Firms in Africa

Alain Pholo Bala, Michel Tenikue and Baraka Nafari
This paper informs the debate on the existence of agglomeration effects in Africa. It uses a structural estimation approach to investigate the impact of agglomeration economies and forward linkages on the localization of French affiliates in Africa. Using a sample of French subsidiaries in Africa,...
Mar 2019
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Quality of life: Validation of an instrument and analysis of relationships between domains

Talita Greyling and Fiona Tregenna
Quality of life (QoL) is now widely recognised as a multidimensional concept. This study validates an instrument to measure multidimensional QoL, and investigates the relationships between the domains thereof. The domains analysed are: health, housing and infrastructure, socio-economic status,...
Feb 2019
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Sanctioned Quotas vs Information Provisioning for Community Wildlife Conservation in Zimbabwe: A Framed Field Experiment Approach

Herbert Ntuli, Anne-Sophie Crépin, Caroline Schill and Edwin Muchapondwa
We investigate the behavioural responses of resource users to policy interventions like sanctioned quotas and information provisioning. We do so in a context when multiple resources (pastures and wild animal stocks) are connected and could substantially and drastically deteriorate as a result of...
Jan 2019
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Taxpayers’ behavioural responses to Voluntary Disclosure Programmes: evidence from South Africa

Chengetai Dare, Ada Jansen and Sophia du Plessis
South Africa, like any other country, strives towards greater tax revenue mobilisation. One possible explanation to low revenue levels is non-compliance by taxpayers. Given its implications for the provision of public goods and services, the government has instituted various enforcement measures,...
Dec 2018
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Foreign Direct Investment, Sectoral Effects and Economic Growth in Africa

Eric Evans Osei Opoku, Muazu Ibrahim, Yakubu Awudu Sare
Earlier studies on the impact of foreign direct investment (FDI) on economic growth have not been instructive largely on their failure to examine the sectoral transmission channels through which FDI affects overall growth. We re–examine the impact of FDI on economic growth in Africa relying on...
Dec 2018
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Skill Shortages as a Barrier to Women’s Start Ups: A Model with Evidence from Eswatini

Zuzana Brixiová and Thierry Kangoye
The shortages of entrepreneurial skills, both perceived and actual, have lowered the rate of opportunity-driven women’s entrepreneurship. This paper contributes to the literature on entrepreneurship, gender and development with a theoretical and empirical analysis linking gender differences in...
Dec 2018
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The household effects of very large electricity tariff hikes in Zambia

Mashekwa Maboshe, Akabondo Kabechani and Grieve Chelwa
This paper simulates the real household expenditure effects of electricity price increases in Zambia. First, we find that electricity subsidies are highly regressive. Second, our partial equilibrium model simulations of the welfare effects of electricity tariff rises show that poorer households...
Nov 2018
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