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International Financial Architecture, Macroeconomic Volatility and Institutions: South Africa Experience

Melvin Ayogu and Hashem Dezhbakhsh
Through 43 years of history, this study identifies proximate causes of aggregate volatility in South Africa, the obstacles to managing those volatility risks, and suggests how the country can harness globalization to strengthen financial institutions in order to manage risks better. Macroeconomic...
Dec 2005
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International Benchmarking of South Africa’s Infrastructure Performance

Željko Bogetic and Johannes W. Fedderke
The paper provides a first systematic, comprehensive benchmarking of South Africa's infrastructure performance in four major sectors - electricity, water and sanitation, information and communication technology, and transportation - against the relevant group of comparator countries using a new...
Oct 2005
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School Quality

Charles Simkins
Achieving high levels of school quality is difficult everywhere. Aspects of the recent experience of the United States are reviewed, with special attention paid to incentive issues. Statistical evidence on school enrolments since 1980 is presented as a background to resource reallocation since 1994...
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Higher Education

Charles Simkins
Statistical information on the output of universities and technikons is set out before the description of extensive policy development in higher education since 1995. These developments are assessed against a changing pattern of Senior Certificate passes and enrolments. The production of teachers...
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From Chimera to Prospect: South African Sources of and Constraints on Long-Term Growth, 1970-2000

J. W. Fedderke
The paper takes stock of South Africa’s past growth experience during the period 1970-2000. It discuses major factors of growth, including physical and human capital, and institutions, and draws conclusions about the constraints to long-run growth in the future. We highlight three main conclusions...
Jan 2006
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State pension payouts boost migrant job prospects for household members

Cally Ardington, Anne Case and Victoria Hosegood
Large cash transfers to elderly South Africans, in the form of government pensions, boost the job prospects of working-age members of their households. In particular, men and women between the ages of 18 and 50, who live in a household with a pensioner, are more likely to become migrant workers...
Feb 2011
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