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Differential Electricity Pricing and Energy Efficiency in South Africa

Marcel Kohler
By international standards the economy of South Africa is extremely energy intensive with only a few countries having higher intensities. SA’s primary energy use per unit of GDP is amongst the highest in the world. The high energy and electricity intensity of the economy partly reflects SA’s...
Dec 2013
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Race, Gender and Growth of the Affluent Middle Class in Post-Apartheid South Africa

Justin Visagie
This paper examines the development of the middle class in post-apartheid South Africa, using data from the 1993 Project for Statistics on Living Standards and Development, the 2000 Income and Expenditure Survey/Labour Force Survey and the 2008 National Income Dynamics Study. The affluent middle...
Nov 2013
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Nonparametric estimation of a hedonic price model: A South African case study

M Du Preez, DE Lee and M Sale
Parametric regression models of hedonic price functions suffer from two main specification issues: the identification of appropriate dependent and independent variables, and the choice of functional form. Although the first issue remains relevant with the use of nonparametric regression models, the...
Oct 2013
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Modeling the Cost-effectiveness of HIV/AIDS Interventions in Different Socio-economic Contexts in South Africa (2007-2020)

Josue Mbonigaba
Evidence of how cost-effectiveness (CE) of an HIV/AIDS intervention compares in a rural context and an urban context is deficient yet crucial to potential efficiency in resource allocations in South Africa. To inform policy makers about such potential, the CE of major HIV/AIDS interventions is...
Sep 2013
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Family Functioning and Life Satisfaction and Happiness in South African Household

Ferdi Botha and Frikkie Booysen
Families form an integral part of society and in fostering individual well-being. Despite the acknowledged importance of family, the association between family functioning and individual well-being outcomes have remained unexplored in the current body of knowledge. This paper explores the...
Aug 2013
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International Trade and Labour Demand Elasticities: Is there Any Empirical Evidence from South Africa?

Abdulkader Cassim Mahomedy
There are various pathways through which the impact of trade openness may be transmitted to the labour market. This study explores a relatively new linkage identified by the literature: the impact on labour demand elasticities via a substitution effect through increased factor substitutability and/...
May 2013
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The Export-Output Relationship in South Africa: An Empirical Investigation

Paul Cipamba Wa Cipamba
This study re-investigates the empirical relationship between exports and economic growth in South Africa using econometric techniques of co-integration and Granger causality over the period 1970Q1-2012Q4. The Johansen approach of co-integration shows that exports and GDP evolved together overtime...
Jul 2013
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Life satisfaction and education in South Africa: Investigating the role of attainment and the likelihood of education as a positional good

Ferdi Botha
This paper explores various dynamics in the relationship between life satisfaction and education in South Africa using the 2008 National Income Dynamics Survey. The results indicate a strong positive association between educational attainment and individual satisfaction with life, which is true in...
May 2013
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