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Promoting exports is often an important option for small open economies like South Africa. It was certainly thought that trade would contribute to job creation. Yet there has been concern that trade has encouraged greater capital intensity. This paper compares labour absorbtion that arises from trade and from the domestic market. It takes this further to consider employment created by export destination. A fuller understanding of employment implications is made possible by using social accounting matrix to take into account both direct and indirect employment. This is the first in a planned series of papers to explore the respective role of traded an domestically oriented sectors in generating the employment needed to rapidly expand employment opportunities in South Africa

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Format : 210mm x 297mm
Pages : 36
ISBN 10 : 0-7969-2106-7
ISBN 13 : 978-07969-2106-2
Publish Year : 2006
Having worked as an economic policy analyst at the University of Stellenbosch and the Policy Unit at the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) for more than a decade, Dirk Ernst van Seventer has operated as an independant consultant for the last eight ears. His focus is trade, industry and macro-economic analysis in an economy-wide framework for South and Southern Africa, and occasionally this includes other economies.
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