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