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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

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

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Doing Business 2019 : Training for Reform – South Africa (English)

Sixteenth in a series of annual reports comparing business regulation in 190 economies, Doing Business 2019 covers 11 areas of business regulation. ... See More +

Working Paper 131731 OCT 31, 2018

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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

Forever young? Social policies for a changing population in Southern Africa (English)

Demography affects our daily lives. Consciously or not, we take into account the demographic context when making choices on employment, savings, health, and education. ... See More +

Working Paper 128639 JUL 18, 2018

Bruni,Lucilla Maria; Rigolini,Iamele P.; Troiano,Sara 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

Exchange rate volatility, uncertainty, and corporate investment : background note for the South Africa systematic country diagnostic (English)

This study investigates the determinants of corporate investment decisions, using a sample of listed South African firms and panel GMM estimators. ... See More +

Working Paper 127289 JUN 01, 2018

Chortareas,Georgios; Noikokyris,Emmanouil Disclosed

Corporate governance in South African state-owned enterprises : background note for the South Africa systematic country diagnostic (English)

Drawing from the presidential review commission review, and from other available materials, this background note for the South Africa systematic country diagnostic synthesizes the key issues and recommendations for improving state-owned enterprise (SOE) performance, focusing on the largest national level commercial SOEs in infrastructure and other key sectors. ... See More +

Working Paper 127288 JUN 01, 2018

Kikeri,Sunita Disclosed

A brief profile of the status of health and the health system in South Africa : background note for the South Africa systematic country diagnostic (English)

South Africans suffer from a high burden of preventable illness and premature death, despite high expenditure on health. Over the last two decades some significant improvements have occurred in maternal and child health and in reducing the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) burden. ... See More +

Working Paper 127287 JUN 01, 2018

Belli,Paolo; Matsebula,Thulani Clement; Ndhlalambi,Melusi; Ngarachu,Maria Njambi Disclosed

Job training in the Republic of Korea : background note for the South Africa systematic country diagnostic (English)

On 23 March 2017, the World Bank Group hosted a workshop focusing on how to improve skills in South Africa and thus enhance employability of South Africans, with the ultimate goal to reduce poverty and inequality. ... See More +

Working Paper 127305 JUN 01, 2018

Uh, SooBong Disclosed

Wage setting and labor regulatory challenges in a middle income country setting : the case of South Africa - background note for the South Africa systematic country diagnostic (English)

This note provides an overview of South Africa’s education system and learning outcomes. It reviews early childhood development, basic education, and higher education (university education and vocational training). ... See More +

Working Paper 127303 JUN 01, 2018

Bhorat,Haroon Ismail; Stanwix, Benjamin Disclosed

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

This note provides an overview of South Africa’s education system and learning outcomes. It reviews early childhood development, basic education, and higher education (university education and vocational training). ... See More +

Working Paper 127304 JUN 01, 2018

Van Der Berg,Servaas; Hofmeyr, Heleen Disclosed

Minibus taxis, public transport, and the poor : background note for the South Africa systematic country diagnostic (English)

This report, a background note for the South Africa Systematic Country Diagnostic, documents public transport accessibility, focusing particularly on minibus taxis and on poor households, and describe the costs of commuting to work, using the 2013 National Household Travel Survey conducted by Statistics South Africa. ... See More +

Working Paper 127306 JUN 01, 2018

Kerr,Andrew Nicholas Disclosed

South Africa Retail Banking Diagnostic : Treating Customers Fairly in Relation to Transactional Accounts and Fixed Deposits (English)

At the request of the National Treasury of the Republic of South Africa, the World Bank Group (WBG) undertook a Retail Banking Diagnostic focusing on the provision of consumer transactional accounts and fixed deposits by retail banks in South Africa. ... See More +

Working Paper 129778 JUN 01, 2018

Boeddu,Gian Luciano; De Souza Neves Lopes,Ligia; Randall,Douglas Disclosed

Assessment of contingent liabilities and their impact on debt dynamics in South Africa (English)

The aim of this analysis is to quantify the losses from potential materialization of contingent liabilities by applying a new methodology for the case of South Africa and, to assess their impact on debt dynamics. ... See More +

Working Paper (Numbered Series) 126841 MAY 01, 2018

Bachmair,Fritz Florian; Bogoev,Jane Disclosed

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Backyarding : Theory and Evidence for South Africa (English)
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NOV 01, 2018 WPS8636 Policy Research Working Paper
Instilling a Growth Mindset in South Africa (English)
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NOV 01, 2018 132142 Brief
Doing Business 2019 : Training for Reform – South Africa (English)
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OCT 31, 2018 131731 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)
Forever young? Social policies for a changing population in Southern Africa (English)
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JUL 18, 2018 128639 Working Paper
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
Exchange rate volatility, uncertainty, and corporate investment : background note for the South Africa systematic country diagnostic (English)
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JUN 01, 2018 127289 Working Paper
Corporate governance in South African state-owned enterprises : background note for the South Africa systematic country diagnostic (English)
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JUN 01, 2018 127288 Working Paper
A brief profile of the status of health and the health system in South Africa : background note for the South Africa systematic country diagnostic (English)
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JUN 01, 2018 127287 Working Paper
Job training in the Republic of Korea : background note for the South Africa systematic country diagnostic (English)
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JUN 01, 2018 127305 Working Paper
Wage setting and labor regulatory challenges in a middle income country setting : the case of South Africa - background note for the South Africa systematic country diagnostic (English)
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JUN 01, 2018 127303 Working Paper
Education in South Africa : background note for the South Africa systematic country diagnostic (English)
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JUN 01, 2018 127304 Working Paper
Minibus taxis, public transport, and the poor : background note for the South Africa systematic country diagnostic (English)
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JUN 01, 2018 127306 Working Paper
South Africa Retail Banking Diagnostic : Treating Customers Fairly in Relation to Transactional Accounts and Fixed Deposits (English)
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JUN 01, 2018 129778 Working Paper
Assessment of contingent liabilities and their impact on debt dynamics in South Africa (English)
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MAY 01, 2018 126841 Working Paper (Numbered Series)