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Fiscal Decentralisation and Economic Growth in South Africa

02 September 2014
12:30 - 13:30

Presenters: Prof. Margaret Chitiga and Dr Emmanuel Owusu-Sekyere, Economic Performance and Development (EPD), Human Science Research Council (HSRC), and Prof. Nicholas Ngepah, Oxfam
Venues in Pretoria, Durban and Cape Town (Videoconferencing facilities: see below)
Date: 2 September 2014   (POSTPONED)
Time: 12H15 for 12h30  – 13H30
This paper investigates the impact of fiscal decentralisation on economic growth at the provincial level in South Africa using annual data from 1996 to 2012 and dynamic panel data estimation techniques. We find a positive but weak relationship between fiscal decentralisation and provincial level economic growth in South Africa.

This is explained by the heavy skewness of resource allocation at the provincial level towards operating expenditure as opposed to growth inducing capital expenditure, constraints on revenue mobilisation and lack of capacity at the lower tiers of Government in South Africa. 

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