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:
Paula Armstrong recently joined Econex. Her PhD thesis deals with teachers in the South African education system. The relationship between teacher effectiveness and teacher age was recently covered in media. The Cape Times and Die Burger discusses the finding that pupils taught by younger teachers on average outperform those taught by older teachers.
Mariné Erasmus recently contributed to a panel discussion at the Hospital Association of South Africa ( HASA) conference on the status of the medical workforce in South Africa. Read the Business Day article here.
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 36: Rising Prices in the Healthcare Sector - Unpacking Health Inflation
Research Note 35: Made in South Africa: The impact of local content regulations on South Africa’s broadcasting sector
Econex has consolidated previous work done on market definition in various hospital mergers and other healthcare analyses, into a note which has been submitted to the Healthcare Enquiry Panel, in response to the call for submissions on the Statement of Issues. The aim of this note is to aid the enquiry by summarising the main techniques for market definition from the literature as well as some practical guidelines as to data requirements, statistical techniques, etc. The note can be accessed here
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