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 Second Quarter 2017 and Special Edition: The State of Small Business in South Africa 2017 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 2017

  • Microeconomics for non-economists

    4-5 September 2016

    A course for public sector officials whose jobs require them to interact with and/or influence the enabling environment within which private sector firms operate.

    The course is designed to assist officials who have no formal economics training to understand in a theoretically rigorous manner: how a modern economy operates and functions; how markets operate and grow; and, how firms makeinvestment, output and employment decisions. It will provide a better understand published economic research, statistical releases and media reporting thereby assisting in capacity building and knowledge development; and understand and anticipate firm and market responses to governmental actions and interventions thereby increasing the efficacy of policy and strategy development and implementation.

  • Trade policy and South Africa

    19-21 September 2017

    Globalisation and Multilateral Trading System: Simulating the Bali Ministerial Conference

    This course provides participants with insights into how the world trading systems work and South Africa’s trade relationship with key regions.

    It is facilited over three modules.

    1. The first module focuses on Bilateral Trade issues (February 2017) - completed
    2. The second module focuses on South Africa's role in Regional Integration (28, 29 and 30 June 2017) - completed
    3. The third module focuses on Globalisation and Multilateral Trading System: Simulating the Bali Ministerial Conference

    This course is Module 3. See brochure for details.

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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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  • Vacancy: Internship
    TIPS has one internship opportunity available for recently or about to graduate masters students. The aim of the internship is…

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.