Competition and Barriers to Entry Projects

BARRIERS TO ENTRY

Barriers to entry, by creating and reinforcing the market power of large firms, tend to lead to higher prices, lower levels of innovation and a less competitive economy. In a country like South Africa where there are significant challenges of unemployment, poverty and inequality, it is critical to understand the nature and extent of barriers to entry in the economy, in order to ensure that regulatory and policy interventions have a meaningful impact on creating inclusive and shared growth. Read more...

INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT RESEARCH PROGRAMME (IDRP)

This research forms part of the Industrial Development Research Project (IDRP) Research Stream 1 which focuses on assessing the impact and effectiveness of government interventions for industrialisation. The orientation and interests of large firms are at the heart of how countries develop. However, the decisions, strategies and responsiveness of firms to government interventions for industrialisation are poorly understood in the South African context. Read more...

Local Industrial Development Projects

TOWARDS AN UNDERSTANDING OF THE ECONOMY OF JOHANNESBURg

The Department of Economic Development (DED) at the City of Johannesburg (CoJ) is concerned with economic development and transformation in Johannesburg. The character of economic activity in Johannesburg has been shifting over time; away from primary and secondary sectors and towards services. Economic activity is very unevenly spread across the city and not well aligned with areas where the majority of the population live. Furthermore, the challenges of poverty, unemployment and inequality are acute. Read more...

GDED SECTOR STUDIES AND STRATEGIES (2016-2019)

The Gauteng Department of Economic Development (GDED) has requested the Centre for Competition, Regulation and Economic Development (CCRED), in collaboration with Benchmarking and Manufacturing Analysts South Africa (Pty) Ltd (B&M Analysts), to conduct a research study on six sectors in Gauteng province. The six sectors are capital equipment and machinery, plastics and chemicals, automotive, furniture, food and beverages, and Information and Communications Technology (ICT). Read more...

Regional Value Chains

AFRICAN INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT AND INTEGRATION RESEARCH PROJECT (AIDIRP)

The Department of Trade and Industry requires research support as part of its aim to achieve greater levels of African industrial development with, and through, economic integration in Africa. Trade & Industrial Policy Strategies (TIPS) and the Centre for Competition, Regulation and Economic Development (CCRED) drafted a concept note, proposing key elements of an African Industrial Development and Integration Research Project (AIDIRP) that will inform the strategic direction taken by South Africa, with a regional focus on Southern and East Africa. Read more...

Regional Growth and Development in Southern Africa project

Countries in the southern African region face challenges when it comes to the transformation of their economies, the need for job creation and the sharing of the benefits of growth. In a project commissioned and funded by the United Nations University World Institute for Development Economics Research (UNU-WIDER), this series of research papers develops regional growth and development initiatives that generate economic transformation and widely shared development benefits. Read more...