A significant number of academics affiliated with South African universities and currently employed as lecturers within Economics departments around the country are inadequately skilled in conducting applied empirical research, where the lack of skills specifically relates to a limited background in econometrics. This may be attributed to the fact that historically, training in economics in South Africa had placed less emphasis on econometrics.
Consequently, these academics are not able to take advantage of the advanced training programmes in economic modelling techniques offered by ERSA on an on-going basis. This project aims to bridge this gap by providing basic econometrics training on a level that would be accessible to a person with a limited background in econometrics. Over time, this may then contribute to the ability of these academics to publish in journals with an interest in applied economic modelling, supervise postgraduate students with an interest in applied econometric research and as such an increase in research capacity in South Africa.