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Economics and Policy

The South African Maize Milling Industry: Can Small and Medium-scale Maize Milling Enterprise Survive and Thrive?

This paper investigates the competitiveness of small and medium-scale maize milling enterprises in South Africa from estimates of a translog stochastic cost frontier model.

Catching-up trajectories in the wine sector: A comparative case study of Chile, Italy and South Africa

From a development perspective an investigation of the changes that have occurred in the wine industry is of particular interest because it provides evidence on how emerging economies have been able to acquire significant shares...

What is the appropriate level of aggregation for productivity indices? Comparing district, regional and national measures

This paper examines the appropriate level of aggregation for the construction of total factor productivity (TFP) indices. The dataset covers the magisterial districts and statistical regions of the Western Cape for the years 1952 to 2002.

Is Micro-Finance Achieving Its Goal Among Smallholder Farmers in Africa? Empirical Evidence from Kenya Using Propensity Score Matching

With access to formal credit proving almost impossible to smallholder farmers, group based lending is steadily becoming popular in Africa. However, little is documented on the role of such programmes.