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Research Day participants.

The School of Accounting, Economics and Finance started the academic year by celebrating research excellence through the School’s annual research day as part of a drive to increase research output within the College of Law and Management Studies.

The School’s Dean and Head, Professor Anesh Singh, applauded academics for prioritising research, making special mention of development lecturers as 25% of the papers were presented by them.

‘It is very heartening to see our development lecturers concentrating on research, very aware of the primary goal of UKZN being a research-led institution,’ said Singh. ‘I would like to encourage our academics to look at partnering with academics from other schools to solve challenges we face today, including the water crises, so that we can go further in our effort to produce research that benefits the community,’ he said.

The day featured 20 academics showcasing quality research done in the School’s various disciplines focusing on these five themes:

  • Teaching and Learning
  • Growth and Welfare
  • Health and Environment
  • Organisational Finance
  • Monetary Policy and Microfinance.

In the Teaching and Learning stream, Mr Anthony Walker delivered a paper titled: “Assessment of the Financial Position and Financial Performance of South Africa’s Public Universities”; while Dr Karen Bargate presented on: “An Exploratory Study into the Approaches to Learning of Students Registered for a Professionally-Accredited Accounting Degree at the University of KwaZulu-Natal”; and Mr Barry Strydom and Ms Kerry-Ann McCullough presented a paper titled: “Making Bricks From Straw: Promoting Undergraduate Research with Diminishing Resources.”

In the growth and welfare stream, Dr Collette Muller and Dr Claire Vermaak presented a paper titled: “Do Immigrants Have Better Labour Market Outcomes than South Africans?”; while Professor Jim Fairburn presented on “Welfare Economics Then and Now”; Mr Chris Tipoy presented on “the Impact of Exchange Rates Misalignments on Economic Growth: The case of homogeneous emerging countries” and Mr Ntokozo Nzimande presented a paper titled:  “Business Cycle Synchronisation in the SADC Region: Evidence from Common and Idiosyncratic Factors”.

In the health and environment session, Ms Michelle Dorasamy presented a paper on “Identifying Environmental and Economic Benefits of Cleaner Production in a Manufacturing Company: A Case Study of a Paper and Pulp Manufacturing Company in KwaZulu-Natal”; Dr Suren Pillay delivered a paper titled: “Evaluating the effect of Clean Development Mechanism projects on economic sustainable development in Nigeria”; while Ms Ralitza Dobreva presented a paper titled “Who is healthier? Investigating South African patterns of reporting heterogeneity in self-rated health”; and Dr Bruce Rhodes and Ms Tamyln Mackenzie presented a paper titled: “To what extent does socio-economic status still affect household access to water and sanitation services in South Africa?”

In the organisational finance stream, Ms Patricia Shewell presented a paper on “Developing a performance metric for the finance function of companies in the South African Freight Forwarding Industry”; Mr Mahomed Razak and Professor Lesley Stainbank delivered a presentation on “Fair Value Accounting by Listed South African Companies in the Non-Financial Sector”; while Mr Ayanda Meyiwa presented a paper on  “TNPA’s Current Pricing Strategy: The Present Case for Corporatization”; and Mr Sanele Gumede delivered a paper on the “Restructuring of South Africa’s Port Pricing Strategy”.

In the Monetary Policy and Microfinance stream, Dr Farai Kwenda presented a paper on “The development and evolution of microfinance in Zimbabwe”; Dr Harold Ngalawa presented a paper on “Monetary Policy and Interpolated Informal Sector Credit and Interest Rates: Evidence From Malawi”; while Mr Adebayo Kutu presented a paper on “Monetary Policy and Industrial Output in the BRICS: A NKDSGE Approach”; and Ms Simiso Msomi presented a paper on “Asymmetry of Monetary policy: Case of South Africa”.

It is envisaged that through such initiatives, the College of Law and Management Studies will make a valuable contribution to the University’s primary goal of becoming a research-led institution.

Thandiwe Jumo