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The effects of macroeconomic instability and inflation on sustainable real growth in South African firms

M Beaumont-Smith, LW Murray, C N’Cho-Oguie, DL Blakley
South African Journal of Economic and Management Sciences | Vol 6, No 4 | a1512 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/sajems.v6i4.1512 | © 2003 M Beaumont-Smith, LW Murray, C N’Cho-Oguie, DL Blakley | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 15 December 2003 | Published: 15 November 2003

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M Beaumont-Smith, Unisa
LW Murray,, United States
C N’Cho-Oguie,, United States
DL Blakley,, United States

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 This empirical study is an investigation of the impact that inflation and other  factors have had on the growth of business firms in South Africa. Using the  model of sustainable growth, an empirical multivariate model is developed to  test a variety of assumed relationships and to isolate the impact of inflation. A  data set of South African firms’ financial statements during the period 1983-  1996 was assembled to permit a detailed examination of these firms’ financial  performance during South Africa’s period of isolation. Utilising both direct and  indirect measures of inflation, we determine that inflation affects growth in a  negative manner. By combing firm-level and macro data issues relating to the  endogeneity of inflation, we argue that macroeconomic instability is the true  factor adversely affecting firm growth during this period of time. 


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