UNU-WIDER is a leading international development economics think tank. The Institute provides economic analysis and policy advice with the aim of promoting sustainable and equitable development for all. The Institute began operations in 1985 in Helsinki, Finland, as the first research centre of the United Nations University. Today it is a unique blend of think tank, research institute, and UN agency — providing a range of services from policy advice to governments, as well as original research that is “open access”. More information on UNU-WIDER’s current work programme, is available at: www.wider.unu.edu.
UNU-WIDER is implementing together with its partners over the period 2017–2020 a research programme titled Southern Africa – Toward Inclusive Economic Development (SA-TIED) with the aim of enhancing economic research, capacity-building, and policy dialogue.
The recent availability of tax administrative, microdata on enterprises and jobs, and other policy-related data in South Africa provides a valuable resource for policy-relevant academic research. This allows for a deeper understanding of the functioning of the private sector, public sector, the labour market, and public revenue mobilisation. The goal is to create well-documented longitudinal datasets with key variables that can be augmented with research specific variables.
To support the data work and research efforts under the SA-TIED project, a new data lab facility at the National Treasury of South Africa in Pretoria has been set up and started operations in January 2019. The advertised position is based at the National Treasury in Pretoria, South Africa.
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