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An Econometric Method for Estimating Population Parameters from Non-Random Samples: An Application to Clinical Case Finding

Rulof P. Burger, PhD and Zoë M. McLaren, PhD
The problem of sample selection complicates the process of drawing inference about populations. Selective sampling arises in many real world situations when agents such as doctors and customs officials search for targets with high values of a characteristic. We propose a new method for estimating...
Jul 2017
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Which comes first: good governance or prosperity? A historical experiment from the South African Republic and the Orange Free State

Stan du Plessis and Sophia du Plessis
Two neighbouring republics, with a common history and culture, followed very different paths of development in the second half of the nineteenth century. Extraordinary mineral wealth was discovered during this period in the South African Republic (ZAR), the neighbour where political and economic...
Jun 2017
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Decomposing the South African CO₂ Emissions within a BRICS Countries Context: The Energy Rebound Hypothesis

Roula Inglesi-Lotz
The main purpose of this study is to test the hypothesis of the rebound effect for the South African case in the years between 1990 to 2014 by firstly, decomposing the driving forces of the changes in CO2 emissions of the country and secondly, comparing with the behaviors of other emerging...
Jun 2017
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The Competitive Status of the South African Wheat Industry

Van der Merwe, J.D.; Cloete; P.C.; Van Schalkwyk, H.D. & Kleynhans, E.P.J.
This article investigates the competitiveness of the South African wheat industry and compares it to its major trade partners. Since 1997, the wheat-to-bread value chain has been characterised by concentration of ownership and regulation. This led to concerns that the local wheat market is losing...
Apr 2017
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The Interdependence between the Saving Rate and Technology across Regimes: Evidence from South Africa

Kevin S. Nell and Maria M. De Mello
This paper hypothesises that the saving rate and technological progress are interdependently determined by a common exogenous source, so that an exogenous shock to the saving rate determines long-run growth transitions. In an open economy, the saving rate measures the quality of capital investment...
Mar 2017
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Black living standards in South Africa before democracy: New evidence from heights

Bokang Mpeta, Johan Fourie and Kris Inwood
Very little income or wage data was systematically recorded on the living standards of South Africa’s black majority during much of the twentieth century. Between 1911 and 1996, for example, only fragmentary evidence of black living standards remain in mining reports and manufacturing censuses,...
Feb 2017
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Human capital inequality and electoral outcomes in South Africa

Biniam Bedasso and Nonoso Obikili
This paper examines the nature and evolution of horizontal and vertical human capital inequality in South Africa since the end of apartheid. Using census data from 1996, 2001, and 2011, we use dierent measures of years of schooling to examine the dynamics both across and within racial, linguistic,...
Feb 2017
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Exploring the nexus of electricity supply and economic growth in South Africa

Hlalefang Khobai, Gift Mugano and Pierre Le Roux
This paper investigates the causal relationship between electricity supply and economic growth in South Africa using annual data covering the period between 1985 and 2014. This paper used a multivariate framework which included trade openness, electricity price, capital and employment as...
Jan 2017
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National minimum wage in South Africa: A Computable General Equilibrium Model Analysis

Jean Luc Erero
This paper analyses the economy-wide impact of the national minimum wage on the South African economy. The analysis was conducted using a static computable general equilibrium (CGE) model of South Africa, which captured the observed structure of South Africa’s economy. The parameters of the CGE...
Nov 2016
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Non-Economic Quality of Life and Population Density in South Africa

Dr. Talita Greyling and Dr. Stephanié Rossouw
The purpose of this study is to investigate the relationship between population density and non-economic quality of life. Popular opinion has generally been that population density can be seen as beneficial for economic growth, as it allows for greater productivity, greater incomes and can be...
Oct 2016
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