TIPS is a not-for-profit economic research organisation based in Pretoria, South Africa. TIPS has three main focus areas: trade and industrial policy, sustainable growth, and inequality and economic inclusion. TIPS undertakes research and analysis, and facilitates policy development, dialogue and capacity building.

Real Economy Bulletin

The Real Economy Bulletin is a review of trends, developments and data in the real economy, together with analysis of the main manufacturing industries and key data. The First Quarter 2016 and Annual Provincial Review 2016 are now out.

Development Dialogue

The Development Dialogue Seminars, hosted by TIPS, offer a platform to share views and ideas on development issues and alternative policy strategies.

Training Workshops 2016

  • Community Work Programmes

    July 2016 (TBC)
    Exposes participants to public employment programmes and the conceptual framework and the practical aspects of these programmes

  • Macroeconomics for Policymakers

    22-24 August 2016
    Reviews the impacts of macroeconomic policies in South Africa and other countries in the context of an increasingly integrated and globalised economy where the role of international finance has significantly grown.

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Upcoming events and Announcements

  • TIPS Annual Forum

    The TIPS Annual Forum will be held on June 14-15 at the University of Johannesburg. The theme of this year’s forum is Industrialisation and the Mining Economy. For background on the forum go to Forum 2016.  For copies of the papers go to: Forum 2016 Papers.

  • Employment opportunities


    Senior Green Jobs Researcher/Economist: TIPS and World Wide Fund for Nature – South Africa (WWF-SA), with the support of the WWF Nedbank Green Trust, are initiating an intervention aimed at identifying and unlocking green jobs in South Africa. The primary objective is to understand the nature and scope of jobs resulting from South Africa’s transition to a green economy and contribute to the creation of green employment in the country. Closing date for applications is 22 June 2016. For more about the position and how to apply see Senior Geen Jobs Researcher/Economist.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

    Junior Economist/Researcher - Sustainable Growth: TIPS is looking for a Junior Economist/ Researcher to join its Sustainable Growth team in August. Closing date for applications is 23 June 2016. For more about the position and how to apply see Junior Economist/Researcher.

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Working at TIPS

TIPS offers internships to qualified people to gain professional experience in the economic policy field in South Africa and the continent.
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Small Grant Research Papers

TIPS offers small research grants of up to R16 500 to students in South Africa at the Masters level. Students from outside South Africa would be considered in exceptional cases.

Economic Conferences

In addition to planning the Annual Forum, the TIPS Event Management Team can also be commissioned to plan and manage external economic conferences and events.