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A Historical CGE Simulation of the South African Economy from 2006–2013: Analysing Changes in the Use of Primary Factors by Industries

4 February 2014
Publication Type: Working Paper
JEL Code: C68

This paper uses a dynamic CGE model to help explain some apparent contradictions between changes in the structure of the South African economy and movements in related variables over the 2006 to 2013 period. Most notably, an increase in the capital-labour ratio was identified, despite a relative increase in the price of capital rentals. To calibrate this result with conventional economic theory suggests that a change in the preferred capital-labour ratio of industries must have occurred. We quantify this change and comment on what this means for policymakers trying to reduce the country’s high level of unemployment. Other changes to the economy over this period are also quantified and explained.

Series title: Working paper 416
1 February 2014
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