Our faculty includes recognized research leaders. These research leaders publish widely in areas related to monetary and fiscal policy, economic growth and development, international trade, health policy, financial markets and economic forecasting. Occasionally, we leverage that research expertise to undertake policy-specific research projects for various local and national governments, local and international businesses, as well as local, national and international institutions.
The department has an active seminar series, meeting at least two days per week. During 2009, seminar presenters came from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, The World Bank, Georgia State University, Fordham University, Maastricht University, Vienna University, Madras School of Economics, Vrije University, the University of Guanajuato, the South African Reserve Bank, the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, the University of Cape Town, Stellenbosch University, the University of Kwazulu-Natal, and, of course, our own faculty members.
The department also has a working paper series that is indexed in RePEc – Research Papers in Economics.
The Department of Economics and the Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences hosts two ISI accredited economics journals. The South African Journal of Economics, edited by Prof Johann Fedderke, has its editorial offices in the department, as does the South African Journal of Economic and Management Sciences, which is edited by Prof Steven Koch.
In addition to academic research, the Bureau of Economic Policy Analysis (BEPA) is located in the Department of Economics. BEPA, through Business Enterprises at the University of Pretoria, manages research that is conducted for outside contracting parties. Within BEPA, the African Tax Institute specializes in tax policy research across the African continent, while The African Institute for Economic Modelling specializes in providing forecasts for a wide variety of local, national and international institutions.
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