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 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

  • Introduction to Economy-Wide Modelling for Policy Analysis

    14-18 November 2016

    Targets primarily managers and policy analysts, although it is also useful for those wishing to become modellers who want to get a taste of what it is like. It introduces participants to the key components of standard CGE models, emphasising how to use economy-wide models and the economic interpretation of their outputs, rather than the techniques of building them. The models are run using a specially developed MS Excel interface with specialised modelling software.

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Upcoming events and Announcements

  • Manufacturing Circle Investment Tracker

    The new Manufacturing Circle Investment Tracker (MCIT) measures investment by manufacturing enterprises in property, plant and equipment, research and development, and human capital. It replaces the Manufacturing Circle's previous quarterly bulletin. Download or read online: MCIT Third Quarter

  • Development Dialogue on Green Industrial Policy in South Africa

    This development dialogue had two sessions. Session one on Designing Policy Frameworks for a Climate-Compatible Industrial Development Transition in South Africa. Session two on Developing Green Trade and Industry in South Africa. Date: For more information and copies of the presentations go to Development Dialogue.

  • TIPS announces award for top Industrial Policy Masters student

    TIPS has announced a R16 500 award for the top student completing the UJ-IDEP MPhil in Industrial Policy at the University of Johannesburg. In return, the student receiving the award will produce a research paper based on their MPhil dissertation for publication on the TIPS website.

  • Read the latest TIPS Newsletter

    The latest TIPS newsletter profiles some of our recent projects including TIPS's work for the Steel Task Team; The green economy project for the Department of Trade and Industry. and a study on reducing the administrative burden for small business. Read more here

Policy Briefs

Recent Research

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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.

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.