Earlier this month (March 7, 2012) PEP resource person and modelling expert Helene Maisonnave was invited to present the findings and recommendations ensued from of a research project conducted in collaboration with Veronique Robichaud (another PEP-affiliated expert in modelling techniques) and two former PEP-supported local researchers, Ramos Mabugu and Margaret Chitiga, at an important policy seminar organized by the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) in South Africa. Former PEP researcher Margaret Chitiga is Executive Director of the Performance and Development Program at the HSRC, while Ramos Mabugu is Director of Research and Recommendations Program at the Financial and Fiscal Commission in South Africa.
The conference, entitled "The Economics of Job Creation Interventions in South Africa", was attended simultaneously (through VCR facilities) in the cities of Cape Town, Durban and Pretoria. The results ensued from various policy simulations and presented by Dr Maisonnave suggest that, in order to create jobs and increase employment in South Africa, government consumption spending would have a larger positive impact than fixed "public" investments.
For more information on the research outcomes and policy findings, you can download the presentation here.
The event and presented results also benefited from important national media coverage.
For more information on the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC), visit their website.