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First ERSA Dynamic CGE Modelling Course
Department of Economics
Posted on 29 Jul 2014

The Department of Economics hosted the first Economic Research Southern Africa (ERSA) Dynamic Computable General Equilibrium (CGE) Modelling course during July 2014. The course was presented by Prof Peter Dixon and Prof Maureen Bleazby from the Centre of Policy Studies, now located at Victoria University in Melbourne, Australia.

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Economics PhD recipient appointed at the University of Chicago
Department of Economics
Posted on 10 Apr 2014

Dr Jacques Ngoie Kibambe, who received his MPhil (2005) and his PhD (2009) in Economics from the University of Pretoria, has recently been offered the opportunity to join the Becker-Friedman Institute at the University of Chicago, as a research fellow. During his two-year fellowship he will be researching household bargaining and its impact on educational attainment in South Africa.

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UP Economics students awarded prestigious scholarships
Department of Economics
Posted on 20 Mar 2014

Two postgraduate students of the Department of Economics were awarded Economic Research Southern Africa (ERSA) scholarships. ERSA is a research programme which is being funded by the National Treasury of South Africa. What makes this achievement so remarkable is the fact that the University of Pretoria’s department, is the only Economics Department of SA universities of which two candidates received scholarships.

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Economics expert shares knowledge
Department of Economics
Posted on 13 Jan 2014

Prof André Jordaan from the Department of Economics was invited to visit the International Studies Institute in Santiago at the University of Chile during December 2013.

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Distinguished visitors teach Development Economics to students
Department of Economics
Posted on 22 Nov 2013

The Development Economics course forms part of the Emerging Markets and Risk Analysis programme and is offered by the Department of Economics. It is presented to selected graduate students from both Fordham University in New York and the University of Pretoria.

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The Department of Economics promotes a research culture
Department of Economics
Posted on 18 Oct 2013

The Department of Economics hosts a series of research presentations every semester during which people from other national as well as international universities are invited to present their research.

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BCom student part of team who won prestigious title
Department of Economics
Posted on 28 Aug 2013

Each year the Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences, together with all the other faculties of the University of Pretoria, nominate students to participate in the Enactus SA initiative. This year Mr Kevin Yoo, a second-year BCom (Economics) student, was a member of the UP team that won the prestigious Enactus South Africa 2013 title.

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Public finance economist part of team to assess South African tax system
Department of Economics
Posted on 16 Aug 2013

Dr Nara Monkam, a senior lecturer in the Department of Economics and Deputy Director of the African Tax Institute (ATI), has been appointed as a member of the Tax Review Committee, initiated by Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan with the aim of assessing the South African tax policy framework and its role in supporting the objectives of inclusive growth, employment, development and fiscal sustainability.

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Students honoured
Department of Economics
Posted on 15 Aug 2013

The Department of Economics hosted a prize giving ceremony in honour of the best performing students in Economics and Econometrics.

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Scholarship to attend an international summer school
Department of Economics
Posted on 22 Jul 2013

Ms Annari de Waal, a lecturer in the Department of Economics, received a partial scholarship from the Institute for Studies on Economics and Employment (ISEO), to attend the ISEO Summer School in Italy during June 2013.

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Papers delivered on the economics of renewable energy
Department of Economics
Posted on 29 May 2013

Dr Roula Inglesi-Lotz, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Economics, presented her current research on the economics of renewable energy at two conferences during May 2013.

At a local conference in Cape Town, she presented a paper entitled “Renewable energy usage in South Africa: A comparison” during the second day of the African Utility Week and Clean Power Africa 2013.

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The G20 Youth Forum
Department of Economics
Posted on 15 May 2013

A delegation of six students represented the University of Pretoria at the G20 Youth Forum held in St Petersburg, Russia, from 17 to 21 April 2013.

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Top Young Economist in the Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences
Department of Economics
Posted on 14 Feb 2013

Rangan Gupta, Professor in the Department of Economics, has been ranked number 16 on the Research Papers in Economics (RePEc)’s list of top 200 young economists.

These rankings consider only the youngest economists registered with RePEc. Young is defined by the year of the first publication in any form in the categories of 5 years or less, 10 years or less, 15 years or less and 20 years or less. Prof Gupta received the ranking in the category of 10 years or less.

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Paper delivered at the South African Economic Regulators Conference (SAERC)
Department of Economics
Posted on 28 Aug 2012

Dr Roula Inglesi-Lotz, Senior Lecturer at the Department of Economics, delivered a paper at the South African Economic Regulators Conference (SAERC) at Emperors Palace, Johannesburg, on 22 August 2012.

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Visitors to the Department of Economics
Department of Economics
Posted on 16 Aug 2012

The Department of Economics was visited by prominent academics from abroad.

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Research by Dr Roula Inglesi-Lotz attracted the interest of the University World News
Department of Economics
Posted on 15 Aug 2012

Recent research conducted by Dr Roula Inglesi-Lotz, Senior Lecturer at the Department of Economics, in collaboration with Prof Anastassios Pouris of the Institute for Technological Innovation (ITI), attracted the interest of the University World News, an international newspaper and website, dedicated to providing coverage of developments in the field of higher education worldwide.

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UP students visit Fordham University
Department of Economics
Posted on 10 Aug 2012

Prof Jan van Heerden and a group of five students from the Department of Economics visited the Fordham University in New York during June 2012. The students joined the Summer Course in Emerging Markets and Country Risk Analysis while Prof van Heerden presented lectures.

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The Department of Economics active in the world of economics
Department of Economics
Posted on 10 Aug 2012

On 5 July 2012, Prof Nicola Viegi from the Department of Economics participated in the Sub-Regional Inception Workshop themed “Financial sector development and implications for growth, employment, equity and economic development: International experience and lessons learnt”.

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Broadcast on German national radio
Sonja van der Waldt
Posted on 24 Apr 2012

German radio journalist Nadine Lindner, working for the German national radio station "Deutschlandfunk", has been working on a report covering the "economics of informalism". She wanted to analyse the socio-economic impact of informal trading in South Africa.

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PhD in Economics
Department of Economics
Posted on 20 Apr 2012

Two students of the Department of Economics received their PhD degrees in Economics on 18 April 2012.

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Another doctorate in the Department of Economics
Department of Economics
Posted on 29 Nov 2011

Heinrich Bohlmann, a lecturer in the Department of Economics, recently obtained his doctor’s degree from Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. Heinrich did his thesis, entitled Labour and migration policy in South Africa, in the field of dynamic computable general equilibrium (CGE) modelling.

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Visit by the South African Reserve Bank (SARB)
Prof Steve Koch
Posted on 03 Nov 2011

Members of the South African Reserve Bank (SARB), Dr Rashad Cassim, Dr Chris Loewald and Ms Nevin Postma, visited the University of Pretoria's Department of Economics on the 14 th of October 2011.

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A founder member of the South African Young Academy of Science
Department of Economics
Posted on 02 Nov 2011

Prof Rangan Gupta of the Department of Economics was one of the founder members recently inaugurated into the South African Young Academy of Science (SAYAS).

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Best first article published award
Sonja van der Waldt
Posted on 19 Oct 2011

Dr Ruthira Naraidoo, a senior lecturer in the Department of Economics, received the JJI Middleton Award for the best first article published.

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World Renewable Energy Congress (WREC) 2011, Linköping, Sweden, 8-13 May 2011
Posted on 01 Jun 2011

Mrs Roula Inglesi-Lotz presented a paper at the World Renewable Energy Congress (WREC) in Linköping, Sweden. The title of her presentation was 'Electricity intensities of the OECD and South Africa: A comparison' and was co-authored by Prof James N Blignaut.

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Local Climate Solutions for Africa 2011 Conference
Posted on 04 Apr 2011

Prof James Blignaut was invited to speak at the Local Climate Solutions for Africa 2011 Conference held in Cape Town from 27 February - 3 March. The Conference was attended by mayors and senior municipal managers from all over Africa and the central theme was: How to develop local economies in a sustainable manner.

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African Utility Week, Cape Town, 14-17 March 2011
Posted on 27 Mar 2011

Ms RoulaInglesi-Lotz presented a paper at the African Utility Week held in Cape Town from 14-17 March 2011. The title of her presentation was 'The case for energy efficiency', based on her ERSA working paper entitled 'Electricity intensities in South Africa and OECD: A comparison', co-authored by Prof James Blignaut.

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Monetary Economics and Macroeconomic Modelling Workshop, 10 and 11 March 2011, South African Reserve Bank
Posted on 25 Mar 2011

The Department of Economics, the South African Reserve Bank and Economic Research Southern Africa (ERSA) jointly hosted a workshop on Monetary Economics and Macroeconomic Modelling on 10 and 11 March 2011.

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Inaugural Address of Prof Steven Koch
Posted on 24 Mar 2011

On 17 March 2011, Prof Steven Koch delivered his Inaugural Address. It was entitled: "A Tale of Two Samples: Observations and Counterfactuals for the Evaluation of Economic Policy".

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TUKS finalists in annual Nedbank and Old Mutual Budget Speech Competition
Posted on 22 Mar 2011

Three UP students were finalists in the 2010 Nedbank and Old Mutual Budget Speech Competition. These students, Karlien Ferreira, Loren Koutsouvelis and Francois Stofberg, were among ten undergraduate finalists (chosen from over 200 national undergraduate entries) in this year's competition.

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Gauteng Energy Efficiency and Climate Agency Workshop
Posted on 17 Mar 2011

Roula Inglesi-Lotz, a PhD fellow at the Department of Economics, attended the workshop on the Gauteng Energy Efficiency and Climate Agency (GEECA), held at the University of Johannesburg on 9 March 2011.

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5th Annual Research Conference on Population, Reproductive Health and Economic Development
Posted on 09 Mar 2011

Gauthier Tshiswaka-Kashalala attended the 5th Annual Research Conference on Population, Reproductive Health and Economic Development held in Marseilles, France from 19 - 21 January 2011.

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Advanced CGE Modelling Course
Posted on 09 Mar 2011

Prof Jan van Heerden, together with Prof Mark Horridge and Louise Roos from Monash University in Melbourne, presented an Advanced CGE Modelling Course in Stellenbosch from 24 - 28 January 2011.

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ERSA Firm Workshop
Posted on 09 Mar 2011

Prof Steve Koch delivered a paper at an ERSA Firm Workshop held in Ballito from 1 - 3 February 2011. The title of his talk was "The Semiparametric Stochastic Frontier Analysis of African Manufacturing Enterprises", based on research done and co-authored by Prof Neil Rankin from Wits.

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Discussion of the 2011 provincial budget
Posted on 04 Mar 2011

Mr Mandla Nkomfe, Gauteng MEC for Finance, and the University of Pretoria hosted a discussion of the 2011 provincial budget. Prof Niek Schoeman of the Department of Economics from the University of Pretoria analysed the budget and facilitated the discussion around issues raised.

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About the 2011/12 Budget
Posted on 03 Mar 2011

Business as usual - no shocks, no gifts but fiscal discipline reason for concern

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Publications, publications, publications
Posted on 15 Feb 2011

During the period October, November and December 2010, 8 papers were published by the staff members of the Department of Economics.

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Visit to the Centre of Policy Studies (CoPS) at Monash University in Melbourne.
Posted on 07 Feb 2011

During November 2010 Prof Jan van Heerden of the Department of Economics visited the Centre of Policy Studies (CoPS) at Monash University in Melbourne.

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Postdoctoral studies at the Booth School of Business
Posted on 07 Feb 2011

Jacques Kibambe Ngoie was invited to conduct postdoctoral studies at the University of Chicago, Booth School of Business.

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Commonwealth Split-site Scholarship for PhD research at the University of Cambridge
Posted on 07 Feb 2011

As a recipient of a Commonwealth Split-site Scholarship for PhD research, Annari de Waal, a lecturer in the Department of Economics, visited the Faculty of Economics at the University of Cambridge in the UK during the second half of 2010.

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Economics Conference attended
Posted on 07 Feb 2011

Prof Steve Koch, head of the Department of Economics attended the American Economic Association Conference in Denver, Colorado, from January 6 to January 9, 2011.

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An opportunity for cultural exchange, academic enrichment and networking
Posted on 26 Nov 2010

Since signing a collaboration agreement between Fordham University in the USA and the University of Pretoria in 2007, a number of students from the Department of Economics at Fordham University annually spent four to six weeks with staff and students from the Department of Economics at the University of Pretoria.

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BCom Hons Econometrics student wins Mandela-Rhodes Scholarship for 2011
Posted on 27 Oct 2010

Ntuthuko Tsokodibane, a BCom Honours Econometrics student of the Department of Economics in the Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences, has won the Mandela-Rhodes Scholarship for 2011.

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Workshop on non-linear Economietrics
Posted on 22 Oct 2010

As part of an initiative taken by Prof. Nicola Viegi (the South African Reserve Bank Chair of Monetary Economics), to invite well-known scholars working at the frontier of the discipline, the Department of Economics hosted a four day workshop on non-linear econometrics during September.

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ERSA Public Economics Workshop
Posted on 21 Oct 2010

The third Public Economics Workshop of Economic Research Southern Africa (ERSA) was held on the Hatfield campus of the University of Pretoria during September.

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Top achievers honoured
Posted on 20 Sep 2010

The Department of Economics held its annual prize giving ceremony on the 5th of August at Eduardo Villa Museum, on the main campus of the University of Pretoria. Top achievers in economics and econometrics, from first year up to PhD, were honoured for their academic achievements for the year 2009/10.

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Workshop attended
Prof Steve Koch
Posted on 10 Sep 2010

Mr Jan van Rensburg and Miss Hayley Reynolds from the Department of Economics attended an intensive 8 day workshop in August at the University of the Witwatersrand's Department of Public Health on "The Burden of Disease and Health Economic Evaluations".

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Miss Roula Inglesi participates in international conference
Prof Steve Koch
Posted on 19 Aug 2010

Roula Inglesi, PhD Fellow in the Department of Economics presented a paper, in collaboration with Prof James Blignaut, titled 'Sectoral electricity intensity levels in South Africa: 1995 to 2006' at the 5th Annual International Symposium on Economic Theory Policy and Applications.

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Summer School in Applied Macroeconometrics
Prof Steve Koch
Posted on 10 Aug 2010

Annari de Waal, a lecturer in the Department of Economics, attended the Summer School in Applied Macroeconometrics (Programming in Matlab) at the Department of Economics and Quantitative Methods of the University of Salento in Lecce, Italy from 26 to 30 July. The course was organised by Dr. Camilla Mastromarco from the University of Salento.

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Workshop held at the University of Chicago's Booth School of Business
Prof Steve Koch
Posted on 04 Aug 2010

Mr Gauthier Kashalala recently attended the Institute on Computational Economics (ICE 2010) workshop held at the University of Chicago's Booth School of Business.

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UP students currently in New York for first leg of exchange with Fordham
Prof Steve Koch
Posted on 03 Jun 2010

BCom(Hons) Economics and BCom(Hons) Econometrics students from the University of Pretoria are participating in the Emerging Markets and Country Risk Analysis Program that is part of a UP/Fordham institutional agreement. These students are currently in New York and are sponsored by the Consul General of South Africa, that is based in New York, the South African Reserve Bank, the University of Pretoria and Fordham University.

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Tuks student wins Budget Speech competition.
Sonja van der Waldt
Posted on 22 Feb 2010

Ntuthuko Tsokodibane, an undergraduate student from the University of Pretoria, was awarded the first prize of R30 000 as this year's winner in the 37th Nedbank & Old Mutual Budget Speech Competition.

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Dr Nara Monkam
Prof Steve Koch
Posted on 01 Dec 2009

In August 2009, Nara Monkam joined the University of Pretoria as a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Economics. She has also been appointed as the Deputy Director of the African Tax Institute (ATI).

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Prof Jan van Heerden
Prof Steve Koch
Posted on 30 Nov 2009

The Department of Economics would like to thank Prof Jan van Heerden for his 12 year stewardship of the department. He has presided over the department as it has moved up in both the local and the international ranking.

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Dr Manoel Bittencourt joins UP Economics Department
Prof Steve Koch
Posted on 30 Nov 2009

After a spell at the University of Cape Town, Manoel has recently joined UP Economics Department. He holds a Ph.D. and a M.Sc. from the University of Bristol, U.K., and a B.Sc. from the Pontifical Catholic University, Brazil.

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The University of Pretoria hosted 300 leading international economists
Sonja van der Waldt
Posted on 05 Oct 2009

The University of Pretoria (UP) hosted 300 leading international economists who explored a raft of public policy and development issues at the 65th congress of the International Institute of Public Finance (IIPF) that took place at the Cape Town Convention Centre from 13-16 August.

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Tuks professor listed among top 100 young economists
Sonja van der Waldt
Posted on 14 Aug 2009

Rangan Gupta, a professor and lecturer in the department of Economics, Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences at the University of Pretoria (UP), has been listed as one of the top 100 economists.

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Visit from Australia
Posted on 09 Sep 2008

Prof Adams is visiting the Department of Economics this week (8-12 Sept 2008)

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Visit from Prof Bill Mitchell‎
Posted on 09 Sep 2008

During the first week of September 2008, Prof Bill Mitchell visited the Department of Economics at the University of Pretoria.

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CFA Qualification
Posted on 02 Jul 2008

The CFA Institute Board of Governors has warded the right to use the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation to Marc Ground


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Economics Awards Evening 2008
Posted on 22 May 2008

Top achievers for 2007/2008 were rewarded for their hard work and dedication at an awards evening in April 2008 held at the Eduardo Villa Museum (UP main Campus). Dr. Rejoice V Simelane, Chief Executive Officer, Ubuntu-Botho Investments (Pty) Ltd acted as guest speaker.

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Awards Evening
Posted on 20 May 2008

Top achievers for 2006/2007 were rewarded for their hard work and dedication at an awards evening in August 2007. Dr Iraj Abedian, Founder and CEO of Pan-African Capital Holdings (Pty) Ltd acted as guest speaker.

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