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21th December 2018

Impact of Internationalization on Firm Performance in Botswana
Internationalization can affect a firm’s performance. This study determines how a firm’s engagement in international business activities affects its performance in Botswana. ...Read more

12th June 2018

Analysis of Tax Performance in Botswana: Tax Effort Index Approach
This study estimates the impacts of different economic sectors and other determinants on tax revenue in Botswana using Two Stage Least Squares (TSLS) estimation procedure and quarterly data for the period 1994/95(1) - 2013/14(4). ...Read more

12th June 2018

Determinants of Tourism Demand in the SADC Region
This study estimates the determinants of tourism demand in Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) region using Generalised Least Squares (GLS) estimation procedure and panel data for the period 1997-2015. ...Read more

12th June 2018

Effects of Input Subsidies on Subsistence Crop Acreage Diversity in Botswana
We investigate the patterns and determinants of subsistence acreage diversity in Botswana for the period 1978/79-2013/14, focusing on the role of input subsidies. Results suggest that acreage diversity declined during 1978/79 - 1987/88, due to increasin ...Read more

12th June 2018

Competitiveness of ACP Sugar Exports in the Global Market
We employ the Normalized Revealed Comparative Advantage (NRCA) index on data for the period 1961 - 2013 to examine the competitiveness of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries in the global sugar market. ...Read more

12th June 2018

Determinants of Service Sector Growth in Botswana
This study examines the factors affecting service sector growth and development in Botswana. Using annual time series data from 1980 to 2015, the study employs the auto regressive distributed lag (ARDL) estimation technique to identify the factors that co ...Read more

12th June 2018

Financial Development and Economic Growth in Botswana
The study examines the interrelationships between financial development, economic growth, capital accumulation and productivity growth in Botswana over the period 1980-2014. Using the Autoregressive Distributed Lag (ARDL) bound test technique, we find tha ...Read more

08th June 2018

Revealed Comparative Advantage in the Global Citrus Market and Implications for South Africa
This paper adopts the Normalized Revealed Comparative Advantage (NRCA) index and data for the period 1961-2013 to examine comparative advantage among the leading citrus exporters in the global market and draws implications for South Africa’s citrus indu ...Read more

31th May 2018

Determinants of Self-Employment in Botswana
The global market is rapidly recognizing the importance of entrepreneurship and selfemployment, especially in growing the economy, creating jobs and reducing poverty. This paper employs the logit regression model to investigate the determinants of selfemp ...Read more

31th May 2018

Determinants of Informal Sector Business Success in Botswana
The informal sector plays a critical role in many countries as it provides alternative sources of employment and economic diversification. This paper investigates the determinants of the success of the informal sector in Botswana, using a logit regressi ...Read more

31th May 2018

The Relationship Between Electronic-Money Penetration and Household Consumption: VECM Granger Causality Analysis
In Botswana, the advancement of e-money is highly associated with the forces of consumer demand and the supply of e-money products in the market. However, the impacts of e-money on household consumption are not known. This paper, therefore, examines the c ...Read more

31th May 2018

Public Policy Implementation Prospects and Challenges in Botswana: Case of the National Policy on Care for People With Disabilities
People with disabilities (PWDs) are often subjected to economic and social exclusion. This paper assesses factors that contribute to, and/or hinder the implementation of Botswana’s national disability policy. ...Read more

31th May 2018

Financing SMEs In Botswana: Factors Influencing Access to Credit
This study examines factors influencing access to credit by SMEs in Botswana. Using the 2010 World Bank Enterprise Survey, and employing logit model for analysis, we find that access to credit is influenced by gender, citizenship and experience of the ent ...Read more

16th November 2016

Technology and the Nature of Active Citizenship: The case of Botswana
The use of technology in citizen participation has grown phenomenally in developed countries, but is emergent in most developing countries. Accessibility and the functionality of information and communication technology such as telephone, cellular phone a ...Read more

24th November 2015

Examining Evidence of Feminization of Poverty in Botswana
This paper examines feminization of poverty in Botswana using the 2009/10 Botswana Core Welfare Indicator Survey and the 2002/03 Household Income and Expenditure Survey datasets. The results indicate no evidence of feminization of poverty (at both nation ...Read more

02th September 2015

Export Competitiveness of Botswanas Beef Industry
This paper investigates Botswanas beef export competitiveness using indices of Revealed Comparative Advantage (RCA) and data for the period 1961-2011. Results indicate that Botswana has been the most competitive SADC beef exporter, and that it has compar ...Read more

28th November 2014

Integrated results based management in Botswana: Institutions, documentation and progress to date
This paper analyses Botswana\'s efforts in implementing the Integrated Results Based Management (IRBM) system. IBRM is a way of reforming public sectors through helping governments focus on proper, well timed achievement of relevant goals and objectives. ...Read more

10th November 2014

The Impact of Trading with China on Botswana's Economy
The objective of this paper is to examine the impact of trading with China on Botswana\'s domestic and third markets. The paper also assesses the structure and magnitude of Botswana-China bilateral trade. ...Read more

26th August 2014

Toward a Diversified Economy: A Preliminary Assessment of the Potential, Prospects and Challenges of Electricity Exports from Botswana
The paper assesses the prospects and challenges of coal-fired power exports in Botswana. Specifically, the study analyses how supply factors, that is, resource availability; environmental concerns; infrastructure and technology as well as demand factors a ...Read more

14th August 2014

Determinants of Household Welfare and Poverty in Botswana, 2002/3 and 2009/10
This paper investigates household determinants of welfare and poverty in Botswana. Using the 2002/03 Household Income and Expenditure Survey (HIES) and the 2009/10 Botswana Core Welfare Indicator Survey (BCWIS), and employing regression analysis, we ident ...Read more

12th August 2014

Public Transfers and Subsistence Producer Disincentives in Botswana
This paper investigates the disincentive effects of public transfers on subsistence producers in Botswana. Comparative statics analyses indicate that public transfers would not affect farm production when profit and utility maximization decisions are recu ...Read more

10th March 2014

Key Issues in the Textile and Clothing Sector in Botswana
The paper considers the performance of the textile and clothing sector in Botswana, and reviews various national and international incentive schemes aimed at developing textile and clothing exports. ...Read more

20th May 2013

Inflation Dynamics in Botswana and Bank of Botswana's Medium-Term Objective Range
This study is motivated by the high and unpredictable episodes of inflation in Botswana over the last 20 years. This is despite the Bank of Botswana\\\'s concerted effort to keep inflation at its minimum and stable over time. ...Read more

02th October 2012

SACU Revenue Sharing Formula: Towards a developmental agreement
The South African Customs Union (SACU) Revenue Sharing Formula (RSF) has been revised substantively twice; once in 1969 and in 1994-2002 since the creation of the customs union in 1910 and each time the changes in the treaty were a reflection of the hi ...Read more

20th September 2012

Is the Botswana Pula Misaligned?
The objective of this paper is to assess the extent to which the Botswana exchange rate (the Pula) has been consistent with economic fundamentals. To do so an equilibrium exchange rate is estimated and compared against the values of the effective exchange ...Read more

21th May 2012

Competition and Trade Policy: The case of Botswana poultry industry
This paper (BIDPA Working Paper No. 31) describes the value chain in the industry and shows how, given the small size of the market, a high degree of market concentration exists. ...Read more

21th May 2012

Factors underlying communal beef cattle marketing decisions in Botswana: The role of public and private transfers
The paper examines factors underlying communal beef cattle marketing at a household level in Botswana, with emphasis placed on the role of public and private transfers. ...Read more

21th May 2012

Do public transfers discourage farmer participation in subsistence crop production? Empirical evidence from Botswana
The paper analyzes the impact of public food and cash transfers on farmer participation in Botswana\'s subsistence arable agriculture. The results indicate that publicly provided social pensions and food packages (rations) reduce the probability of par ...Read more

18th May 2012

Botswanas debt sustainability: Tracking the path
This paper argues that as was the case in many countries, the Botswana economy was hit hard by the global recession at the end of 2008 in which the demand for its minerals was drastically reduced (according to some estimates as much as 50%). And since m ...Read more

26th January 2012

Welfare Impacts of Import Controls in Botswana's horticulture
In this paper, an import demand equation is estimated to capture the impact of import controls on horticultural imports (oranges and potatoes) in Botswana. Elasticity estimates are then employed to endogenously compute Nominal Protection Rates (NPRs) and ...Read more

26th January 2012

Challenges for agricultural diversification in Botswana
Botswana has been pursuing the economy-wide objective of economic diversification for the past three decades. This paper examines the challenges Botswana’s Agriculture is likely to face under the EU/ACP Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA). While the se ...Read more

26th January 2012

The Role of Macroeconomic Policy Towards Food Security in Botswana
Macroeconomic policy plays an important role towards the attainment of food security in Botswana because the country is a high cost production area, due to very low, erratic and unreliable rainfall, soils generally not conducive for agricultural productio ...Read more

26th January 2012

The African growth and opportunity act: A preliminary analysis of the possible opportunities and limitations to the Botswana's Exporters
The paper identifies products that have received substantial trade concessions as a result of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), which would otherwise carry a tarrif rate of 15% or more when exported to the USA. ...Read more

12th January 2012

Citizen Economic empowerment in Botswana: Concepts and Principles
This paper attempts to clarify the concepts and principles of citizen economic empowerment. Empowerment has been at the centre of a shift in thinking about economic development as a response to the failure of modernisation and trickle down economics ...Read more

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As part of the strategy development process BIDPA held a one-day strategy validation workshop for Board of Trustees and Board sub-committees’ members on 5th July 2018, in Kasane....Read more
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BIDPA ranks fourth best African Think Tank
The Think Tank has been steadily progressing positively over the past few years. In the 2014 Global Go To Think Tank Index Report, BIDPA ranked fifth, whilst in 2013, 2012 and 2011 the institute was ranked tenth, twelfth and twenty ninth respectively. ..Read more
BoB should tighten screws on banks BIDPA
The Botswana Institute for Development Policy Analysis (BIDPA) has called on Bank of Botswana (BoB) to tighten the screws on commercial banks. In a recently released special briefing reviewing the bank charges in Botswana, BIDPA said as the regulator, the..Read more
Beef export competitiveness deteriorates BIDPA study
Despite impressive performance at the beginning, Botswana has experienced declining beef export competitiveness since the mid 1970s, experts have observed. In a recent working paper titled Export Competitiveness of Botswanas Beef Industry published by ..Read more
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