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Assessing Urban Policies Using a Simulation Model with Formal and Informal Housing : Application to Cape Town, South Africa (English)

Building on a two-dimensional discrete version of the standard urban economics land-use model, this paper presents a tractable urban land-use simulation model that is adapted to developing country cities, where formal and informal housing submarkets coexist. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8921 JUN 27, 2019

Pfeiffer,Basile Fabrice; Rabe,Claus; Selod,Harris; Viguie,Vincent Disclosed

Digging Beneath the Surface : An Exploration of the Net Benefits of Mining in Southern Africa (English)

Mining has been central to the social and economic narrative of Southern Africa, and has been a key provider of investment, employment, government revenue and infrastructure in the region. ... See More +

Report 138997 JUN 01, 2019

Baskaran,Gracelin Christina; Hayman,Jason Joaquin; Bogoev,Jane; Hund,Kirsten Lori; Hanusch,Marek; Aguilar,Javier Disclosed

Cape Town’s Residential Property Market : Size, Activity, Performance : Size, Activity, Performance (English)

This report provides an analysis of Cape Town’s residential property market in terms of its size and value, activity, and performance. Market size, value and activity are status quo analyses, setting out the shape and dynamics of Cape Town’s property market. ... See More +

Report 137304 MAY 29, 2019

Melzer,Illana; Rust,Kecia Susanna; Namponya, Alfred; Steedley, Adelaide; Suliali, Aqua; Tolamo, Kgomotso Disclosed

Opening-Up the Lower-Middle Income Housing Market in South Africa : The Role of Demand-Side Subsidies (English)

This report provides preliminary findings of a consultancy about the perceived need for finance linked demand-side household subsidies to expand urban homeownership in South Africa for theincome group between R3,500 and R15,000/month (often referred to as the ‘affordable market’) and the current hindrances to their implementation. ... See More +

Report 137306 MAY 29, 2019

Cirolia,Liza Rose; Hoek Smit,Marja C. Disclosed

South Africa ID Case Study (English)

South Africa’s approach to identification offers valuable lessons for countries looking to increase the coverage, robustness, and use of their ID systems. ... See More +

Working Paper 137142 MAY 01, 2019

Disclosed

Firm Dynamics, Job Outcomes, and Productivity : South African Formal Businesses, 2010-14 (English)

The formal private sector has a key role to play in fostering growth and reducing unemployment in South Africa—strengthening its performance is therefore critical. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8788 MAR 21, 2019

Aterido,Reyes; Hlatshwayo,Ayanda; Pieterse,Duncan; Steenkamp,Andre Disclosed

Migration and Urbanization in Post-Apartheid South Africa (English)

Although Africa has experienced rapid urbanization in recent decades, we know little about the process of urbanization across the continent. The paper exploits a natural experiment, the abolition of South African pass laws, to explore how exogenous population shocks affect the spatial distribution of economic activity. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8764 MAR 05, 2019

Bakker,Jan David; Parsons,Christopher Robert; Rauch,Ferdinand Gordian Disclosed

A Joint Foreign Currency Risk Management Approach for Sovereign Assets and Liabilities (English)

An asset and liability management framework for managing risks arising from sovereign foreign exchange obligations requires a joint analysis of (i) the external financial liabilities resulting from a country's sovereign debt and (ii) the foreign exchange assets of its central bank. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8728 FEB 05, 2019

Cangoz,Mehmet Coskun; Sulla,Olga; Wang,ChunLan; Dychala,Christopher Benjamin Disclosed

South Africa Economic Update : Enrollments in Tertiary Education Must Rise (English)

South Africa's much anticipated economic rebound in 2018 did not occur. While substantial efforts by the authorities to strengthen governance of public resources and stabilize the fiscal situation helped the economy to not contract further, economic growth remained tepid with a technical recession (two successive quarters of negative economic growth) in the first half of 2018. ... See More +

Working Paper 133785 JAN 01, 2019

Dessus,Sebastien C.; Hanusch,Marek Disclosed

Smart Linkage to Care : Evaluation Report (English)

Many new HIV cases are lost to follow-up before they can be enrolled in care and treatment programs. This report summarises a proof-of-concept evaluation of a mHealth intervention which aims to improve linkage of newly diagnosed HIV cases to care. ... See More +

Working Paper 132214 NOV 01, 2018

Venter,Willem Francois; Coleman,Jesse; Chan,Vincent Lau; Phatsoane,Mothepane; Shubber,Zara; Fraser-Hurt,Nicole Disclosed

Instilling a Growth Mindset in South Africa (English)

In South Africa, a Growth Mindset intervention delivered with classroom technology had big impacts on student attitudes towards learning, and student math grades. ... See More +

Brief 132142 NOV 01, 2018

Disclosed

The Unseen Sector : A Report on the MSME Opportunity in South Africa (English)

The unseen sector is a joint report between the World Bank and International Finance Corporation providing an in-depth assessment of the micro, small, and medium enterprise (MSME) landscape in South Africa. ... See More +

Working Paper 134151 NOV 01, 2018

Disclosed

Backyarding : Theory and Evidence for South Africa (English)

This paper explores the incentives for backyarding, an expanding category of urban land-use in developing countries that has proliferated South Africa. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8636 NOV 01, 2018

Brueckner,Jan K.; Rabe,Claus; Selod,Harris Disclosed

FDI and the Skill Premium : Evidence from Emerging Economies (English)

Foreign direct investment may play an important role in transferring technologies from high-income to emerging economies, which can lead to uneven effects on the wages of skilled and unskilled workers. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8613 OCT 12, 2018

Vargas Da Cruz,Marcio Jose; Nayyar,Gaurav; Toews,Gerhard; Vezina,Pierre-Louis Disclosed

Between Gatekeeper and Gateway : Taking advantage of Regional and Global Value Chains by Addressing Barriers to South Africa’s Trade Competitiveness (English)

South Africa's weak post-apartheid trade performance has been a significant factor in its inability to create more jobs and achieve higher growth and productivity. ... See More +

Working Paper (Numbered Series) 130966 OCT 01, 2018

Draper,Peter; Engel,Jakob; Krogman, Heinrich; Ngarachu, Anna; Wentworth,Lesley Angela Disclosed

Measuring districts' monthly economic activity from outer space (English)

Evening-hour luminosity observed using satellites is a good proxy for economic activity. The strengths of measuring economic activity using nightlight measurements include that the data capture informal activity, are available in near real-time, are cheap to obtain, and can be used to conduct very spatially granular analysis. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8523 JUL 12, 2018

Beyer,Robert Carl Michael; Chhabra,Esha; Galdo,Virgilio; Rama,Martin G. Disclosed

Exchange rate misalignment and its relationship to output growth in South Africa : background note for the South Africa systematic country diagnostic (English)

This paper establishes a simple theory-based real exchange rate (RER) Misalignment Index for countries around the world from 1950-2014, and shows that South Africa’s RER has been undervalued over the last decade. ... See More +

Working Paper 127307 JUN 01, 2018

Nguyen, Ha Disclosed

The development of South African policy planning : a quantitative text analysis - background note for the South Africa systematic country diagnostic (English)

The evolution of South Africa’s strategic policy directions was analyzed through the application of natural language processing (NLP) techniques to the texts of the Reconstruction and Development Plan, Growth, Employment And Redistribution, the Accelerated and Shared Growth Initiative South Africa, the New Growth Path, and the National Development Plan. ... See More +

Working Paper 127286 JUN 01, 2018

Mikhaylov, Slava Disclosed

Gender in South Africa : background note for the South Africa systematic country diagnostic (English)

Despite strong representation in national politics and their higher levels of enrollment in secondary and higher education, South African women face numerous constraints that prevent them from fully contributing to poverty reduction and shared prosperity. ... See More +

Working Paper 127290 JUN 01, 2018

Kirkwood,Daniel John Disclosed

What is the impact of investment on labor income? : background note for the South Africa systematic country diagnostic (English)

This study investigates empirically the determinants of labor shares focusing on the role of investment and exchange rate volatility. The authors use a system GMM panel approach and consider 34 Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) countries along with South Africa for the period 1995-2015. ... See More +

Working Paper 127292 JUN 01, 2018

Chortareas,Georgios; Noikokyris,Emmanouil Disclosed

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Assessing Urban Policies Using a Simulation Model with Formal and Informal Housing : Application to Cape Town, South Africa (English)
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JUN 27, 2019 WPS8921 Policy Research Working Paper
Digging Beneath the Surface : An Exploration of the Net Benefits of Mining in Southern Africa (English)
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JUN 01, 2019 138997 Report
Cape Town’s Residential Property Market : Size, Activity, Performance : Size, Activity, Performance (English)
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MAY 29, 2019 137304 Report
Opening-Up the Lower-Middle Income Housing Market in South Africa : The Role of Demand-Side Subsidies (English)
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MAY 29, 2019 137306 Report
South Africa ID Case Study (English)
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MAY 01, 2019 137142 Working Paper
Firm Dynamics, Job Outcomes, and Productivity : South African Formal Businesses, 2010-14 (English)
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MAR 21, 2019 WPS8788 Policy Research Working Paper
Migration and Urbanization in Post-Apartheid South Africa (English)
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MAR 05, 2019 WPS8764 Policy Research Working Paper
A Joint Foreign Currency Risk Management Approach for Sovereign Assets and Liabilities (English)
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FEB 05, 2019 WPS8728 Policy Research Working Paper
South Africa Economic Update : Enrollments in Tertiary Education Must Rise (English)
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JAN 01, 2019 133785 Working Paper
Smart Linkage to Care : Evaluation Report (English)
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NOV 01, 2018 132214 Working Paper
Instilling a Growth Mindset in South Africa (English)
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NOV 01, 2018 132142 Brief
The Unseen Sector : A Report on the MSME Opportunity in South Africa (English)
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NOV 01, 2018 134151 Working Paper
Backyarding : Theory and Evidence for South Africa (English)
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NOV 01, 2018 WPS8636 Policy Research Working Paper
FDI and the Skill Premium : Evidence from Emerging Economies (English)
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OCT 12, 2018 WPS8613 Policy Research Working Paper
Between Gatekeeper and Gateway : Taking advantage of Regional and Global Value Chains by Addressing Barriers to South Africa’s Trade Competitiveness (English)
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OCT 01, 2018 130966 Working Paper (Numbered Series)
Measuring districts' monthly economic activity from outer space (English)
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JUL 12, 2018 WPS8523 Policy Research Working Paper
Exchange rate misalignment and its relationship to output growth in South Africa : background note for the South Africa systematic country diagnostic (English)
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JUN 01, 2018 127307 Working Paper
The development of South African policy planning : a quantitative text analysis - background note for the South Africa systematic country diagnostic (English)
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JUN 01, 2018 127286 Working Paper
Gender in South Africa : background note for the South Africa systematic country diagnostic (English)
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JUN 01, 2018 127290 Working Paper
What is the impact of investment on labor income? : background note for the South Africa systematic country diagnostic (English)
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JUN 01, 2018 127292 Working Paper