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Miriam Altman

Miriam Altman

Oct 24, 2016

Welcome to my new website!

The site is now home to about 300 papers that form a body of work focused on employment creation, economic prosperity and poverty reduction.  I am an author on a third of these papers, and in the others I was commissioning editor. Overall, the ideas were developed through collaboration… Read more

Employment Studies

Employment Studies

Employment and Income Distribution Experiences of Minerals Exporters and of Countries Achieving Growth Acceleration: Executive Summary

Many but not all minerals-dependent countries have performed badly in spite of the apparent advantage… Read More

The challenge of employment creation in South Africa

Altman reviews trends in employment, unemployment and working poverty, as well as the employment scenarios… Read More

Development Paths and Employment

Intensive growth is defined as growth driven by productivity improvements. Productivity improvements are essential for… Read More

Food and Agriculture

Food and Agriculture

Household Food Security Status in South Africa

Altman et al assess household-level food security in South Africa using publicly available household survey… Read More

Innovation in Resource-Based Technology Clusters: Investigating the Lateral Migration Thesis – The manufacture of biodegradable plastics from ma ...

Walker & Farisani offer a case study of the lateral migration of technology from a… Read More

Innovation in Resource-Based Technology Clusters: Investigating the Lateral Migration Thesis – The development of a sugar-based plastic in Brazi ...

Velho & Velho offer a case study from Brazil on the lateral migration of technology… Read More

Industry Studies

Industry Studies

Resource Intensity, Knowledge and Development: insights from Africa and Latin America

Minerals economies often struggle to diversify their industrial base. Lorenzten considers opportunities for industrial diversification… Read More

Constructing Future Growth Opportunities: The Potential to develop an Intensive Civil Engineering and Construction Works Exports Strategy

Lowitt assesses the economic contribution of South Africa’s civil engineering and construction works sector through… Read More

Business process outsourcing in identified financial services sub-sectors: the potential for offshore business flows into South Africa and consequent ...

Business process outsourcing (BPO) has enormous potential to support economic growth and employment in South… Read More

Labour Markets

Labour Markets

Education and Youth employment in Sub-Sahara Africa: linkages and policy responses

Young people in Africa find it increasingly difficult to transition into employment. Governments acknowledge the… Read More

The potential of social grants expenditure to promote local economic development and job creation

South Africa’s publicly funded social safety net, which consists of multiple conditional cash grants, has… Read More

Policy Options to Leverage the System of Social Grants for Improved Access to Economic Opportunity

The distribution of social grants in South Africa expanded considerably between 2001 and 2007. However,… Read More

Macroeconomy, Economic Bias and Employment

Macroeconomy, Economic Bias and Employment

Exchange rates and employment: critical issues

The analysis of exchange rates and employment has received scant attention in development economics. This… Read More

The Economy-Wide Effects of Price-Reducing Reforms in Infrastructure Services in South Africa

Prices of infrastructure services in South Africa may be higher than in other countries because… Read More

Exchange Rates, Growth, and Unemployment

There has been some debate on the impact of exchange rate volatility and levels in… Read More

Network Infrastructure

Network Infrastructure

Housing shortages in South Africa: a discussion of the after-effects of community participation in housing provision in Diepkloof

Community participation is a complex process and its propensity to having unintended negative effects plays… Read More

Administered Prices Study on Economic Inputs: Water Sector

The water services and distribution sector component of the Nedlac Administered Prices Study on Economic… Read More

The Impact of Transport Pricing Practices in South Africa on Freight Transport Costs

Freight transport cost is one of the core factors that determine product prices, and it… Read More

Public Employment

Public Employment

Early Childhood Development Services in Tshwane Scoping Study Findings and Strategy Report

Altman and Motala assess the delivery of ECD services provided by the City of Tshwane.… Read More

Leveraging Services for Employment, Growth and Equity: Employment Through Government Procurement

Government expenditure is a key lever for influencing the nature and pace of employment creation,… Read More

The Global Context for Social Development Programmes Early Childhood Development, Community Home-based Care, Community Development Workers, Food and N ...

This report investigates the global context for social development programmes with specific focus on four… Read More

Regional Studies

Regional Studies

KwaZulu-Natal Economic Review

In 2002, KwaZulu-Natal’s Department of Economic Development and Tourism appointed the Human Sciences Research Council… Read More

The Role of Economic Powerhouses in Regional Development: Lessons for South Africa in Africa: Executive Summary

Regional trade and development play a key role in economic growth. The HSRC has for… Read More

Horizon Scanning in South Africa: South Africa as a Regional Power? What it Means and the Challenges to 2030

South Africa’s status as an economic, political and military powerhouse in Africa has immense potential… Read More

Social Policy

Social Policy

Household Food Security Status in South Africa

Altman et al assess household-level food security in South Africa using publicly available household survey… Read More

Education and Youth employment in Sub-Sahara Africa: linkages and policy responses

Young people in Africa find it increasingly difficult to transition into employment. Governments acknowledge the… Read More

The potential of social grants expenditure to promote local economic development and job creation

South Africa’s publicly funded social safety net, which consists of multiple conditional cash grants, has… Read More