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.

The Real Economy Bulletin
The Real Economy Bulletin is a review of trends, developments and data in the real economy. Second Quarter 2019 is now out.

TIPS Import Tracker
The Import Tracker is a quarterly analysis of import trends. Second Quarter 2019 is now out.

TIPS FDI Tracker
FDI Tracker monitors inward foreign direct investment projects. First Quarter 2019 is now out.

Manufacturing Subsectors
Notes on the main manufacturing subsectors in South Africa.

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The Manufacturing Circle Investment Tracker measures investment by manufacturing enterprises in property, plant and equipment, research and development, and human capital. TIPS and the Manufacturing Circle are collaborating to share insights from the quarterly survey results.

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Upcoming events and Announcements

  • Development Dialogue: Green economy and South Africa's industrial policy

    TIPS is hosting a Development Dialogue on Thursday November 21. This will share findings and recommendations on research on how to align South Africa's industrial policy to support a just transition to an inclusive green economy. For details go to Development Dialogue.

  • Vacancy: Internship

    TIPS has one internship for a recently or about to graduate Master's student. The internship aims to give young researchers the opportunity to acquire work experience, improve their research skills and enhance their understanding of the South African economy. The internship is for 12 months. Applications close November 18. For details go to internships

  • TIPS Forum 2020 Regional Industrial Development - Call for papers

    TIPS is calling for papers on regional industrial development for its 2020 Forum. To be considered, abstracts should be submitted by Friday 14 February 2020. For more about the Forum, its context and themes go to Forum 2020.

Policy Briefs

Recent Research

Working at TIPS

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


TIPS is offering a research grant to South African-based students studying at the Masters level. The grant is for R40 000. One research grant will be allocated every year.

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.