Zuzana Brixiova is Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Cape Town, the School of Economics. She is also affiliated with the Southern Africa Labor and Development Research Unit and the Global Labour Organization. Her research interests are development economics, labour economics and entrepreneurship. She has published in academic, policy and practitioner-oriented journals such as African Development Review, Carnegie-Rochester Conference Series on Public Policy, Development Policy Review, Economics Letters, Economic Modelling, IMF Staff Papers, Journal of African Development, Journal of Globalization and Development, Macroeconomic Dynamics, Review of Development Economics, Small Business Economics and World Development. She holds a B.A. in Finance from the Prague University of Economics and a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Minnesota.

She joined IZA as a Research Fellow in October 2011.



IZA Discussion Paper No. 10704
published in: Economic Modelling, 2017, 67, 381 - 391

This paper develops a model of costly firm creation in an economy with weak institutions, costly business environment as well as skill gaps where one of the equilibrium outcomes is a low-productivity trap. The paper tests the implications of the model using a cross-sectional dataset including about 100 countries. Both...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 10455

In this paper we provide first systematic evidence on the gender disparities in the labor market in Swaziland, drawing on the country's first two (2007 and 2010) Labor Force Surveys. We find that even though the global financial crisis had a less severe effect on the labor market outcomes of...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 10279

This paper examines gender differences in entrepreneurial performance and their links with start-up capital utilizing a search model and empirical analysis of survey of entrepreneurs from Swaziland. The results show that entrepreneurs of both genders with higher start-up capital record better sales performance than those with smaller amounts of capital....

IZA Discussion Paper No. 9273
published in: Journal of Business Venturing Insights, 2016, 5, 1- 8

This paper contributes to closing a knowledge gap on gender, entrepreneurship and development by linking the entrepreneurial productivity to start-up capital and skills. The empirical analysis of a survey of entrepreneurs in Swaziland confirmed the importance of start-up capital for sales. Women entrepreneurs have smaller start-up capital and are less...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 9205
Zuzana Brixiova, Qingwei Meng, Mthuli Ncube
published in: World Economics, 2015, 16 (3), 141 - 162

The global financial crisis and the subsequent uneven recovery have underscored the need for Africa's resilience to output and other shocks originated in the rest of the world. A comparison of two regional economic communities – the East African Community (EAC) and the Southern Africa Customs Union (SACU) – suggests...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 8774

This paper develops an adaptive learning model under uncertainty that examines evolution of capital account polices over time and across developing regions. In the framework, countries' past experiences and IMF programs influence policymakers' beliefs about the impact of capital account liberalization on growth, under the 'Mundell's trilemma constraint. The model,...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 8398
published as 'The Real Exchange Rate and Growth in Emerging Markets: The Case of Zimbabwe' in: Review of Development Economics, 2015, 19 (3), 564 - 576

Zimbabwe faces growth and external competitiveness challenges, as indicated by its low trend growth and investment, declining share in the world exports, high current account deficits, and external debt. The stock-flow approach to the equilibrium exchange rate reveals that the real exchange rate experienced periods of sizeable overvaluation, both prior...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 8192
revised version published in: World Development, 2015, 67 (3), 11 - 26

The shortages of entrepreneurial skills have lowered search effectiveness of potential young entrepreneurs and the rate of youth start-ups. Our paper contributes to closing a gap in the entrepreneurship and development literature with a model of costly firm creation and skill differences between young and adult entrepreneurs. The model shows...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 8120
revised version titled 'Can Extreme Poverty be Eliminated in Sub-Saharan Africa by 2030?' published in: Journal of African Development, 2017, 19 (2), 93 - 110

With the year 2015 – the MDG finishing line – approaching, post-2015 goals as they impact Africa need to be firmed. The goal of ending extreme poverty remains paramount. Globally, the World Bank set goals to end extreme poverty by 2030 and to promote shared prosperity in every society. We...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 7822
published in: Review of Middle East Economics and Finance, 2014, 10 (1), 25 - 51

Egypt, Morocco and Tunisia face challenges competing on the global markets, as shown by their relatively low and stagnant export shares. The limited export competitiveness has hampered external demand, growth and employment. Applying, for the first time to North Africa, the stock-flow approach to the real equilibrium exchange rate, this...