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The effects of presentation formats in choice experiments

Genius Murwirapachena and Johane Dikgang

In most choice experiment studies in environmental economics, the attributes of non-traded environmental goods are communicated to respondents in the form of a table consisting of verbal descriptions. The table normally consists of attributes, their detailed descriptions, and levels. Thereafter, respondents are presented with a series of choice sets, which are often in the form of written text. 

Missing boys: Explaining South Africa’s unbalanced sex ratio, 1894-2011

At the beginning of the twentieth century the sex ratio for South Africans differed markedly according to racial group. Those for white South Africans remained almost invariable, with more boys than girls, while black South Africans had a clear majority of girls, a situation that the literature has almost completely overlooked. This high proportion of black girls was also present in most sub-Saharan countries. The reasons are still not completely clear. Sex ratios at birth show more births of boys than girls. Boys’ mortality was higher than girls’ mortality.

Capital Account Liberalization and Capital Flows to Sub-Saharan Africa: A Panel Threshold Approach

Tamara Esther Mughogho and Imhotep Paul Alagidede

Capital inflows to Sub-Saharan Africa have been increasing over the past couple of decades largely due to ever increasing globalization and an increase in world capital flows. Furthermore, SSA have been pursuing rapidly increasing capital account liberalization over the past couple of years. 

The effects of presentation formats in choice experiments

Although stated-preference surveys take various forms, the use of either text or visuals to represent attributes is uncontroversial, and they remain the commonly used formats. While prior research has investigated the impact of these commonly used formats in other disciplines, little is known about their effects on results in terms of relative importance in environmental economics literature. We conduct surveys on households’ preferences for water efficient technologies in South Africa, where we compare three presentation formats, namely text, visuals, and both text and visuals.

Latest Workshops

Macroeconomic and Financial Modelling for Economic Policy

Tuesday, November 26, 2019 to Wednesday, November 27, 2019

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 researchers are invited to submit contributions and papers related to the theme for the organizing panel to consider

The deadline for paper submission is the 15th of October 2019.

CALL FOR PAPERS: Representivity, Diversity, and Gender in Economics in South Africa

Saturday, February 1, 2020 to Thursday, February 27, 2020

South Africa has had its fair share of issues with regards to the participation and contribution of various groups in society. These issues cut across various social cleavages such as race and gender. The study and practice of economics in South Africa has not been spared from these wider societal issues.

Annual Economic Research Southern Africa Workshop on ‘Structural Constraints on the Economy, Growth and Political Economy’

Friday, September 6, 2019

Keynote Speakers:

  • Axel Dreher from Heidelberg University
  • James Robinson from University of Chicago

The first annual 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 keynote speakers and with contributed papers will reflect the current state of research in growth and political economy, and provide a forum for exchange for scholars and practitioners.