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Exchange rate pass-through to import prices in South Africa: Is there asymmetry?

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  • T D Karoro
  • M J Aziakpono
  • N Cattaneo

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There is growing emphasis on the role played by the private sector in alleviating poverty in Africa. At the same time, greater focus is being placed on cash transfers as a poverty alleviation tool. This paper provides an economic rationale for private sector involvement in the provision of cash transfers. Previous research has focused on how the financial sector can provide payment solutions. In addition to payment mechanisms, the paper examines other avenues through which the private sector can contribute to cash transfer programmes .business taxes and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). Reducing corruption in tax administration and an enabling investment climate are essential if business taxes are to be a sustainable financing source for cash transfers. Governments can incorporate CSR into national policies and strategies which identify cash transfers as a poverty alleviation instrument. Cell phone banking, mobile branches, Point of sale (POS) technology and low cost banking are increasing access to financial services by the poor. These financial innovations can be used to make cash transfer payments.

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Paper provided by Economic Research Southern Africa in its series Working Papers with number 79.

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Date of creation: 2008
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Handle: RePEc:rza:wpaper:79

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Keywords: Exchange rate pass-through; Asymmetric pass-through; VECM; South Africa;

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  1. Goodwin, Barry K. & Holt, Matthew T. & Prestemon, Jeffrey P., 2012. "Nonlinear exchange rate pass-through in timber products: the case of oriented strand board in Canada and the United States," MPRA Paper 40834, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  2. Aron, Janine & Farrell, Greg & Muellbauer, John & Sinclair, Peter, 2010. "Exchange Rate Pass-through and Monetary Policy in South Africa," CEPR Discussion Papers, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers 8153, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.
  3. Tatiana Lysenko & Geoff Barnard, 2011. "Strengthening the Macroeconomic Policy Framework in South Africa," OECD Economics Department Working Papers 847, OECD Publishing.

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