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South African Macroeconomic Network Virtual Workshop: New Data, New Methods, New Models for Monetary Policy

24 - 26 November 2020

The South African Macroeconomic Network 1st Annual Workshop will explores innovations in data, modelling and forecasting tools for Central Banking in emerging countries. 

Themes of the workshop

  • Micro data for forecasting and policy analysis
  • Fiscal and monetary policy interaction: modelling and analysis
  • Capital flows and foreign exchange intervention
  • Identifying monetary policy transmission
  • Identifying underlying long term trends

The workshop will be a combination of technical presentation and roundtable discussions between academics and policymakers. South African researchers are invited to submit contributions and papers related to the theme for the organizing panel to consider.

The deadline for paper submission was the 5th of November 2020.

Please email [email protected] if you would like to receive the link for participation to the workshop and for paper submission.



  • Introduction: Introducing SAMNet ~ Nicola Viegi (ERSA)
  • Session 1: Bank of Chile Micro-data strategy ~ Elias Albagli (Central bank of Chile)
  • Session 2: The new geography of capital ~ Matteo Maggiori (University of Stanford)
  • Session 3: Narrative in Monetary Policy ~ Charl van Schoor (University of Pretoria)
  • Session 4: A forward guidance indicator for the SARB: Implementing a text analysis algorithm ~ Hylton Hollander (Stellenbosch University)
  • Session 5: Effects of economic complexity on economic performance ~ Thobeka Ncanywa (University of Limpopo)
  • Session 6: Financial openness and external adjustment in emerging market and frontier economies ~ Bernard Njiri (Stellenbosch University)
  • Session 7: Theory and applications of shocks emanating from endogenous or exogenous origin ~ Lauren Anne Kuhn (Stellenbosch University)
  • Session 8: How firms and experts view the Phillips Curve ~ Monique Reid (University of Stellenbosch) & Pierre Siklos (Wilfrid Laurier university)
  • Session 9: Modelling Fiscal – Monetary Policy interaction ~ Hylton Hollander (Stellenbosch University)
  • Session 10: Economic stability in a small open economy under the shadow of international financiers ~ Cyril Dell’Eva (University of Pretoria)
  • Session 11: Advances in nowcasting economic activity: Secular trends, large shocks and new data ~ Juan Antolin Diaz (London Business School)
  • Session 12: New data, new methods and new models around FX Interventions ~ Mauricio Villamizar Villegas (Central Bank of Colombia)