Recent Projects


In addition to its core business of competition economics, Econex has broadened its focus to include a wider array of services, including international trade analyses, strategic economic analyses and general applied economics. Some examples of recent projects are:


  • Research on the difference between public and private health sector rationing mechanisms in South Africa. The report looks at international evidence and considers both theoretical and practical issues. The full report can be accessed here. For more information, please contact Mariné Erasmus.


  • Determining HASA member hospitals' contribution to the South African economy. The full report can be accessed here. For more information, please contact Mariné Erasmus.


  • Research on behalf of SABMiller regarding the contribution of their business to the South African Economy. For more information please contact Cobus Venter.


  • Research on behalf of Finmark Trust into the private health insurance market in Zambia. For more information on this project please contact Mariné Erasmus.


  • In depth market report for a major South African carbon black manufacturer with a specific focus on potential competition issues.


    • Estimating the importance of agro industries to the South African economy on behalf of UNIDO (United Nations Industrial Development Organisation).

    • A full costing and economic impact assessment of the proposed South African National Health Insurance (NHI) plan on behalf of the Hospital Association of South Africa (HASA). Please contact Mariné Erasmus for any queries related to Econex's work in health economics.

    • Research on behalf of a major fixed line telecoms operator on various dimensions of the South African broadband market. For more information contact Cobus Venter.

    • An investigation into the competitiveness of the Mozambican economy for the CTA (chamber of commerce in Maputo) and presenting the results at a recent conference in Maputo. This project was managed by Johann van Eeden.

    • Research on behalf of the National Recyclers Organisation (NRO) on the impact of a proposed export tax on scrap metal. The results of this study will be presented to the DTI. This project was led by Prof. Colin McCarthy and Dr. Nicola Theron with Cobus Venter as lead researcher.

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    Following the publication of Research Note 33, which deals with the proposed ban on alcohol advertising as a policy response to the damage inflicted to the South African economy by alcohol misuse, Helanya Fourie spoke to Alec Hogg on CNBC Africa about this issue.


    Econex research showing flat concentration trends in the Private Sector was quoted in the Business Day of 10 March


    Read the Business Day article quoting Econex Research Note 32 on the role and contribution of the private health sector to South Africa's economy.


    Prof Nicola Theron is quoted in the Business Day regarding the recently published terms of reference for the Competition Commission's inquiry into the private healthcare market. Also see our Occasional Note with more detailed comments.


    The Business Day quotes Econex Research Note 31 concerning the adjusted and increased import duties on frozen chicken products.


    Following the publishing of Research Note 31 dealing with the impact of the recently announced import tariffs on frozen chicken, Prof. Theron spoke to Alec Hogg on CNBC Africa about this issue.


    Econex senior associate, Dr Grovè Steyn, recently commented on state-owned enterprises in the Business Day. Read the article on Business Day Live.


    Econex senior economist, Mariné Erasmus, is quoted in the Business Report article concerning the scope of the Competition Commission's private healthcare market inquiry.


    Read the Free Market Foundation feature article: Government - the culprit behind high private healthcare prices.


    Econex director Prof Rachel Jafta has been appointed as chairperson of Media 24. We are very proud of her achievements and wish her all the best with this new responsibility. Read the article on News24.


    Read the Business Report article quoting the latest Econex research note on the Competition Commission's proposed market enquiry into the private healthcare in South Africa.


    Congratulations to Dr Nicola Theron, Econex MD, who has been appointed as Extraordinary Professor at the University of Stellenbosch Economics Department.


    Dr Willem Boshoff, Econex director and senior lecturer at the University of Stellenbosch, recently won one of the four Founder's Medals of the Economic Society of South Africa for the best doctoral thesis. His thesis is entitled "Conceptual and empirical advances in antitrust market definition with application to SA competition policy," in which he developed quantitative tools for market demarcation.


    Read the Business Day article quoting Dr Nicola Theron, Econex MD, on the probable healthcare competition inquiry.


    An article in the City Press reports that CMS data support the Econex Occasional Note findings that part of the increase in medical scheme spending on private hospitals can be attributed to beneficiaries getting older and sicker.

    Recent Publications


    Research Note 34: The Use of Profitability in Competition Analysis: Role and Reasoning


    Econex has released the latest Occasional Note dealing with trends in concentration in private healthcare markets.


    Full Report: Econex Private Health Sector Study


    Occasional Note: Market Inquiry into Private Healthcare in SA


    Medical Scheme Expenditure on Private Hospitals - Occasional Note August 2012



    RESEARCH notes

    Research Note 33: The External Cost of Alcohol Consumption in SA: Ban on Alcohol Advertising


    Research Note 32: The SA Private Healthcare Sector: Role and Contribution


    Research Note 31: NOT A FREE LUNCH: The Implications of Increased Import Tariffs on South Africa’s Chicken Market


    Research Note 30: Trends in Medical Scheme Demographics - Observations from the Data


    Research Note 29: Market Enquiry into Private Healthcare in South Africa

    Research Note 28: Antitrust Market Definition in a Changing World


    Research Note 27: Public vs. Private Health Sector Rationing Mechanisms


    Research Note 26: Economic Valuation of Intellectual Property: The Case of Music Royalties


    Research Note 25: The Contribution of HASA Member Hospitals to the South African Economy


    Research Note 24: Economic Report on the  Impact of an Export Restriction on Scrap Metal in SA


    Research Note 23: Merger Remedies and the Walmart - Massmart Case


    Research Note 22: Comments on some Fundamentals of the NGP as Industrial Policy






    Health Reform Note 15: National Health Systems: Public Service vs. Insurance-Based Models


    Health Reform Note 14: Funding the NHI - Earmarked Tax


    Health Reform Note 13: Private Voluntary Health Insurance under NHI


    Health Reform Note 12: Modelling the Rationing of Healthcare


    Health Reform Note 11: Modelling Health Seeking Behaviour


    Health Reform Note 10: A Few Practical Considerations of the Proposed NHI


    Health Reform Note 9: The Human Resource Supply Constraint: The Case of Nurses


    Health Reform Note 8: The Human Resource Supply Constraint: The Case of Doctors


    Health Reform Note 7: Updated GP and Specialist Numbers for SA


    Health Reform Note 6: Provider Payment Systems


    Health Reform Note 5: Patient Choice and Referral


    Health Reform Note 4: Integration of Public and Private Sectors under a NHI System in SA


    Health Reform Note 3: Practical Implications of Accreditation in South Africa


    Health Reform Note 2: Accreditation of Healthcare Providers


    Health Reform Note 1: The Role of Primary Healthcare in Health Reform