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Prof Simon Roberts
School of Economics Academic Staff

Contact Details
+27(0)11 559 7516
Rosebank office

Tertiary qualifications
1997- 2000      PhD, Birkbeck College, University of London, UK

1997- 2000      PhD, Birkbeck College, University of London, UK

1987-1990       BA(Hons) Philosophy, Politics & Economics, Class 2:1, Oxford University, UK

University employment history
2013-2014       Visiting Associate Professor, University of the Witwatersrand

2006 - 2012     Chief Economist and Head of Policy & Research Division, Competition Commission of South Africa

2007-2009       Visiting Associate Professor, School of Economic and Business Sciences, and Honorary Associate Professor, School of Law, University of the Witwatersrand

1995 - 2006     Associate Professor (April 2003) / Senior Lecturer (October 2000) / Lecturer in Economics, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg

1994-95           Lecturer in Development Economics, University of East Anglia, Norwich

1992-94           Bank of Botswana, Senior Research Officer, Money & Financial Markets Unit (ODI Fellow)

1991-92           Economics Tutor, University of East Anglia, UK

1990-91           Lecturer in Economics, University College Cork, Ireland

Research publications and books
'Cartels as fraud? Collusion in southern and East Africa in fertilizer and cement', minor revisions to address reviewers' comments, for special issue of Review of African Political Economy, forthcoming, 2018 (with T. Vilakazi).

'(Re) shaping markets for inclusive economic activity: competition and industrial policies relating to food production in southern Africa', under review for volume on Quality of Growth in Africa, edited by Stiglitz, Kanbur, Noman (due to be published in 2018).

'Key issues in regional growth & integration in Southern Africa', revisions made to address reviewer comments, for special issue of Development Southern Africa, forthcoming, 2017 (with C. Arndt)

'Competition law prescriptions and competitive outcomes: insights from Southern and East Africa', under review for volume on competition and inclusive growth, edited I. Llianos and others, Cambridge University Press (forthcoming, 2017/2018).

'Barriers to entry and implications for competition policy', in Bonakele, T, E. Fox and L. Mncube (eds), Competition Policy for the New Era – Insights from the BRICS Countries. OUP, 2017.

Co-editor of Competition law and economic regulation: addressing market power in Southern Africa, Wits University Press, 2017, and co-author of four chapters: 'Introduction: the development of competition and regulation in Southern Africa' (with J. Klaaren and I. Valodia); 'Competition and regulation interface in energy, telecommunications and transport in South Africa' (with R. das Nair); 'Penalties and Settlements for South African Cartels: An Economic Review' (with T. Muzata and T. Vilakazi); 'Competition, Regional Integration and Inclusive Growth in Africa: A Research Agenda' (with W. Simbanegavi and T. Vilakazi).

Editor of Competition in Africa – Insights from key industries, HSRC Press, 2016, and author/co-author of four chapters: 'Competition and economic development in southern and East Africa'; 'Competition, agro-processing and regional development: The case of the poultry sector in South Africa, Botswana, Namibia and Zambia' (with E. Bagopi, E. Chokwe, P. Halse, J. Hausiku, M. Humavindu, W. Kalapula); 'Regulation and rivalry in transport and supply in the fertilizer industry in Malawi, Tanzania and Zambia' (with P. Ncube, T. Vilakazi); and, 'Conclusions' (with A. Mlulla).

'Competition and Development: Insights into Building Institutions from the Kenyan from the Kenyan Experience', in Fox, E.M., First, H., Charbit, N. & Ramundo, E. (eds) Antitrust in Emerging and Developing Countries: Africa, Brazil, China, India, Mexico.., Concurrences, New York, 2016 (with F. Kariuki)

Editor and author of thematic overview, for special issue of Africa Journal of Information and Communication, on Economic Regulation, Regulatory Performance and Universal Access in the Electronic Communications Sector, Issue 17 

'Abuses of dominance in developing countries: a view from the south, with an eye on telecoms' in M. Gal, M. Bakhoum, J. Drexl, E. Fox, D. Gerber (eds) Economic Characteristics of Developing Jurisdictions: Their Implications for Competition Law, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, 2015 (with J. Tapia)

'The inter-relationships between regulation and competition enforcement in the South African liquid fuels industry', Journal of Energy in Southern Africa, 2015, 26(1): 11-19 (with Reena das Nair and Pamela Mondliwa).

'Industrialisation Strategy' in H. Bhorat, A. Hirsch, R. Kanbur, and M. Ncube eds. The Oxford Companion to the Economics of South Africa, Oxford University Press, 2014.

'Harm and Overcharge in the South African Precast Concrete Products Cartel', Journal of Competition Law and Economics, 2014, 10(3): 621-646 (with Junior Khumalo and Jeffrey Mashiane).

'Fueling the economy: a critical review of liquid fuels regulation in South Africa', Journal of Economic and Financial Sciences, 2014, 7, special issue: 547-568 (with Pamela Mondliwa).

'Establishing new institutions: a note on the role of strategy and economic analysis in uncovering collusion in the South African construction sector', in Nicolas Charbit and Elisa Ramundo (eds.) William E. Kovacic: An Antitrust Tribute – Liber Amicorum – Volume II. Institute of Competition Law, New York, 2014.

'Competition Policy, Industrial Policy and Corporate Conduct' in J.E. Stiglitz, J. Lin Yifu and E. Patel (eds) The Industrial Policy Revolution II: Africa in the 21st Century. Palgrave MacMillan, New York, 2013

'Expectations and outcomes – considering competition and corporate power in South Africa under democracy', Review of African Political Economy, 2013, 138, 556-571 (with Gertrude Makhaya).

'The Competition Tribunal of South Africa rules on exclusionary conduct in the telecommunications industry', e-Competitions Bulletin, 2013, , Institute of Competition Law (with Reena das Nair).

'Challenging the power of big companies: Competition policy isn't enough', New Agenda, First Quarter 2013, 49, 40-48.

Coeditor, The Development of Competition Law and Economics in South Africa, HSRC Press, Pretoria, 2012 (with Kasturi Moodaliyar)

'How should young institutions approach enforcement? Reflections on South Africa's experience', South African Journal of International Affairs, 2012, 19(1), 43-64 (with Trudi Makhaya and Wendy Mkwananzi).

'Administrability and business certainty in abuse of dominance enforcement: an economist's review of the South African record', World Competition, 2012, 35(2), 269-296.

'Screening for cartels – insights from the South African experience', Competition Policy International Antitrust Chronicle, September 2012.
'Corporate conduct and competition policy in Intermediate Industrial Products', New Agenda, Quarter 1, 2012, 16-21 (with Reena Das Nair and Junior Khumalo).

Coeditor, Special issue of Journal of Economic and Financial Sciences on Competition Economics, 2011, 4.

'Bargaining power and market definition: a reflection on two mergers', Journal of Economic and Financial Sciences, 2011, 4, 147-166 (with Reena das Nair and Catherine Corbett).

'Competition policy, competitive rivalry and a developmental state in South Africa', Chapter 11 in O. Edigheji ed. Constructing a Democratic Developmental State in South Africa: Potentials and Challenges, HSRC Press, Pretoria, 2010.

'The Key Priorities and Objectives of the Competition Commission of South Africa' in D. Evans and F. Jenny (eds.) Trustbusters - Competition Policy Authorities Speak Out. Competition Policy International Inc., London and Chicago, 2009 (with S. Ramburuth).

'The Evolution and Impact of Industrial and Competition Policies', Chapter 8, in Aron, J., Kahn, B. and G. Kingdon (eds) South African Economy Policy Under Democracy, OUP, 2009 (with A. Black).

'Industrial policy under democracy: apartheid's grown-up infant industries? Iscor and Sasol', Transformation, 2009, 71, 50-75 (with Z. Rustomjee).

'The changing face and strategies of big businesses, New Agenda, 2008, 32, 6-12 (with L. Mncube and G. Mohamed).

Coeditor, Special issue of South African Journal of Economic and Management Sciences on Competition Law and Economics, 2008, 11(3).

'Questions of growth, questions of development', New Agenda, 2007, 28: 37-46 (with S. Mohamed); also published in Turok, B. (ed.) (2008) Wealth Doesn't Trickle Down – The Case for a Developmental State in South Africa, Cape Town: New Agenda.

'South African Competition Policy in 2008: Key priorities of the South African Competition Commission', Global Competition Policy, April 2008.

'Assessing excessive pricing – the case of flat steel in South Africa', Journal of Competition Law and Economics, 2008, 4(3), 871-891.

'Weak links in the BEE chain? Procurement, skills and employment equity in the metals and engineering industries', Journal of Contemporary African Studies, 2008, 26(1), 27-50 (with G. Mohamed)

"Black economic empowerment', Business and the State in South Africa', Development and Change, 2007, 38(5): 933-955 (with S. Ponte and L. van Sittert)

'Patterns of industrial performance in South Africa in the first decade of democracy – the continued influence of minerals-based activities', Transformation, 2007, 65: 4-34.

'The changing face and strategies of big business in South Africa: more than a decade of political democracy', Industrial and Corporate Change, 2006, 15(3): 549-578 (with N. Chabane and A. Goldstein)

Sustainable Manufacturing? The case of South Africa and Ekurhuleni, editor and an author of four chapters, Cape Town: Juta Press, 2006.

'Smart industries: the importance of technology and R&D for industry performance', Trade & Industry Monitor, 2006, 37

'Understanding technology and economic development in South African industry: The case of the plastics sector', in Blankley, W., M. Scerri, N. Molotja, I. Saloojee eds. (2006) Measuring Innovation in OECD and non-OECD countries, Cape Town: HSRC Press.

'Industrial strategy and local economic development: the case of the foundry industry in Ekurhuleni Metropolitan', South African Journal of Economic and Management Sciences, 2005, 8(4), 448-464 (with T. Phele and I. Steuart)

'Globalisation and the South African Textiles Industry: Impacts on firms and workers', Journal of International Development, 2004, 16 (1), 125-139 (with J. Thoburn)

'Investment in South Africa – a comment on recent contributions', Development Southern Africa, 21(4), 743-756, 2004

'The role for competition policy in economic development: the South African experience', Development Southern Africa, 21(1), 227-243, 2004.

'Addressing market power in a small, isolated, resource-based economy: the case of steel in SA', Trade and Industry Monitor, 31, 19-25, 2004 (with N. Zalk)

'Adjusting to Trade Liberalisation: the case of firms in the South African Textile Sector', Journal of African Economies, 12 (1), 67-96, 2003 (with J. Thoburn).

'Telecommunications in developing countries: reflections from the South African experience', Telecommunications Policy, 27 (1-2), 41-59, 2003 (with G. Makhaya).

'The DTI's new 'Integrated Manufacturing Strategy? Comparative industrial performance, linkages and technology', South African Journal of Economics, 71(4), 679-704, 2003 (with J. Machaka)

'Manufacturing competitiveness and industrial policy: the Integrated Manufacturing Strategy', Sisebenza Sonke, 6, 12-31, November, 2002.

'Addressing lacunae of neo-classical economics: firms, production and technology', Review Article, International Review of Applied Economics, 16 (2), 493-496, 2002.

'Globalisation, industrial policy and the plastics industry in South Africa', Journal of International Development, 13, 797-810, 2001.

'Large International Business and Economic Development', Review article, International Review of Applied Economics, 14 (1), 135-143, 2000.

'Understanding the Effects of Trade Policy Reform: the case of South Africa', South African Journal of Economics, 68 (4), 607-638, 2000.

'Economic Policy and Industrial Restructuring in South Africa – political economy approaches', Review article, International Review of Applied Economics, 12 (2), 317-324, 1998.

'Economic Globalization: a break from the past?' Review article, International Review of Applied Economics, 12 (2), 311-315, 1998.

'How labour should approach the Competition Act', South African Labour Bulletin, 23 (3), 21-27, 1999.

'Monetary policy within macroeconomic policy: An appraisal in the context of Reconstruction and Development', Transformation, 32, 54-78, 1996.

'The socio-economic and political setting of South Africa', Chapter 1 of Children, Poverty and Disparity Reduction: Towards Fulfilling the Rights of the Children of South Africa, published RDP/UNICEF Study, 1996.

'Competition in Banking', The Bank of Botswana Research Bulletin, 12 (1), 48-68, 1994.

'A Note on Botswana's Recent Inflationary Experience' (with C. Chepete and P.Nkokou), The Bank of Botswana Research Bulletin, 12 (1), 5-12, 1994

'The Role and Evolution of Botswana's Financial Sector', Chapter 3, Bank of Botswana Annual Report, 1993.