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Campus: Westville
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Ralitza Dobreva completed her MCom degree in Economics at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, and is working on a PhD thesis in the area of health economics. She teaches undergraduate courses in Microeconomics, Econometrics, Industrial Organisation and postgraduate courses in Microeconomics and Research Methods. While Ralitza’s main interests remain in the fields of Health Economics, Industrial Organisation and Competition Policy, she enjoys the breadth of the Economics realm and its overlaps with other disciplines, such as finance, law, healthcare, and the social sciences.

Academic Qualifications:

  • B Com (Wits)
  • B Com Hons (Wits)
  • M Com (Wits)

Research Interests

  • Health economics
  • Industrial organisation and competition policy
  • Econometrics

Recent Publications and Papers

  • Kwenda, F., Oyetade, D. and Dobreva, R. (2017). “Factors affecting the Long-Term Post-Acquisition Performance of BRICS firms engaging in Cross-Border Mergers and Acquisitions”, Acta Universitatis Danubius. Œconomica, Vol 13, No 2
  • Dobreva, R. and Kwenda, F. (2017). “The impact of acquisitions on profitability: Comparative evidence from listed firms in Brazil and South Africa”, African Review of Economics and Finance, Volume 9, Issue 2
  • Dobreva, R. (2017). “Dimensions of Health and Wellbeing in South Africa: health, socioeconomic rank and inequality”, paper presented at the ESSA Conference, September 2017
  • Dobreva, R. and Posel, D. (2014). “South African Patterns of Wellbeing: the impact of socioeconomic status on health over the lifecycle”, paper presented at the International Health Economics Association Conference (iHEA) Congress in Dublin, Ireland, July 2014
  • Dobreva, R. and Kwenda, F. (2013). “The Impact of Acquisitions on Profitability: evidence from South African firms”, Paper presented at the ESSA Conference, September 2013
  • Dobreva, R. (2006). “Chapter 11: Value Chains, Market Power and Competitiveness: Understanding the Performance of the Plastics Sector”, in “Sustainable Manufacturing: the Case of South Africa and Ekurhuleni”, Simon Roberts (ed.)