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Latest Publications

Does the Pursuit of Outreach Consistently Stifle the Financial Performance of Microfinance Institutions in sub-Saharan Africa?

Sydney Chikalipah
We study the relationship between outreach and the financial performance of 479 microfinance institutions (MFIs) in 37 countries of sub-Saharan African (SSA), covering the period 1998 to 2012. This study builds on earlier literature on the relationship between outreach and the financial performance...
Mar 2020
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Emergent large traders in smallholder grain markets and their role in enhancing adoption of sustainable agricultural intensification practices in Kenya

Chalmers Mulwa, T.S Jayne, Milu Muyanga, Martine Visser
Pervasive threats of climate change and land degradation have compounded the low farm productivity problem inherent in sub-Saharan Africa. Though sustainable agricultural intensification practices have been shown to improve resilience of farm production in the face of these emerging threats, they...
Mar 2020
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The optimal monetary and macroprudential policies for the South African economy

Guangling Liu and Thabang Molisey
We investigate the optimal design and e ectiveness of monetary and macroprudential policies in promoting macroeconomic (price) and financial stability for the South African economy. We develop a New Keynesian dynamic stochastic general equilibrium model featuring a housing market, a banking sector...
Feb 2020
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Efficiency of provincial public healthcare in South Africa

Victor Ngobeni, Marthinus C. Breitenbach and Goodness C. Aye
Background Forty-nine million people or 83 per cent of the entire population of 59 million rely on the public healthcare system in South Africa. Coupled with a shortage of medical professionals, high migration, inequality and unemployment; healthcare provision is under extreme pressure. Due to...
Feb 2020
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Latest Workshops

Graduate Training in Macroeconomics: Solving and Estimating Macroeconomic Models with Regime Switches

02 Mar 2020 to 06 May 2020
University of Pretoria
General equilibrium micro-founded macro model is now mainstream economics and it is important that the techniques of calibration/estimation of these models are acquired promptly among South African academics as well as MPhil and PhD students. ADIDAS
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“BigTech’s Foray Into Finance - Opportunities and Challenges Ahead”

17 Jan 2020
University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business
The financial system faces unprecedented change at a rapid speed. New technologies offer new opportunities for incumbents and disruptors alike, but can also pose new risks for regulators. The past few years were characterised by a Cambrian explosion of startups who challenge incumbent institutions...
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CANCELLED: 'Structural Constraints on the Economy, Growth and Political Economy'

18 Mar 2020
University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg
***Keynote Speaker*** Kenneth Scheve (Stanford) The second Economic Research Southern Africa workshop on ‘Structural Constraints on the Economy, Growth and Political Economy’ brings together scholars and practitioners of growth and political economy of Africa. Sessions with a keynote speaker and...
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Macroeconomic and Financial Modelling for Economic Policy

26 Nov 2019 to 27 Nov 2019
University of Pretoria, Research Hub - EMS Building
The 7th Annual Monetary Economics workshop will be dedicated to the contribution of macroeconomic and financial modelling to the formulation of economic policy. The workshop will be a combination of technical presentation and roundtable discussions between academics and policymakers. South African...
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