Lawrence Edwards

Lawrence Edwards is an Associate Professor in the School of Economics, University of Cape Town. Lawrence graduated with a MSc in Economics from the London School of Economics in 1998. He completed his PhD in Economics at the University of Cape Town in 2003. Lawrence’s research falls within the field of international trade with a specific focus on international trade and labour, the determinants of trade flows and economic adjustments to trade liberalisation. He has published in a number of international and local journals including World Development, Journal of International Development, South African Journal of Economics and Journal of Studies in Economics and Econometrics. He has also consulted widely with the World Bank, the National Treasury, the Department of Trade and Industry and is currently a member of the South African Growth Project managed by the Centre of International Development at Harvard University.

Content by Lawrence Edwards
  • Publication - Project Report

    Trading up: Harnessing the African Continental Free Trade Area for growth in Uganda

    African economies, including Uganda, have embarked on an ambitious programme of regional integration in the form of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA). This paper uses newly sourced transaction level trade data for Uganda, and a partial equilibrium simulation model to assess the trade and revenue implications of reductions in tariffs and improvements in trade...

    25 May 2022 | Jing-Woei Chien, Harriet Conron, Lawrence Edwards , Godfrey Kamutando

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    Trading up: Harnessing the AfCFTA for growth in Uganda

    The African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) presents a promising offer of continent-wide market access for Uganda. However, these gains are not guaranteed, and the benefits of the AfCFTA also come with increased competition for Uganda’s exports. Using a sample of large geographically dispersed African countries, our modelling estimates a net reduction in...

    24 Mar 2022 | Lawrence Edwards , Harriet Conron

  • Project

    Uganda and the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA)

    African economies, including Uganda, are embarking on an ambitious programme of regional integration in the form of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA). The objective of this project is to study the implications of the African Continental Free Trade Area for Uganda using an approach that accounts for the heterogeneity of the impact across products and firms....

    31 Mar 2021 | Lawrence Edwards

  • Publication - Working Paper

    Zambian Regional Integration Policy Challenges (Working Paper)

    1 Mar 2012 | Lawrence Edwards , Robert Lawrence

  • Project

    Regional Trade and Integration Review

    In this paper Edwards and Lawrence analyse the challenges currently presented to Zambian regional policy. They conclude that (a) while Zambia should adopt the same tariff as other Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) members, it should be cautious about losing its tariff-setting ability and accepting the legally binding obligations of customs union...

    1 Feb 2012 | Lawrence Edwards , Robert Lawrence