Anthea Paelo


Anthea is an economist at Acacia Economics and a researcher at the Centre for Competition, Regulation and Economic Development (CCRED) at the University of Johannesburg.

Her areas of focus include competition economics, regulation, telecommunications, economic development and financial inclusion. Anthea’s experience in regulation and economics has extended into a number of projects including barriers to entry into key industries in South Africa’s economy such as supply of fuel and the air transport industry. She has also contributed to research on the competitive dynamics of cross-border road freight industry in southern Africa, looking into countries like Zambia, Malawi, Zimbabwe, Mozambique and South Africa. Other projects have centred on industrialization and growth of manufacturing firms.  Anthea has also been part of the consulting team concerning the Vodacom/Neotel merger case. She has also published a number of articles in the CCRED Quarterly Competition Review on subjects such as competition in the mobile money and pay-tv industries.

Anthea holds a Master of Commerce degree in Development Economics from the University of Johannesburg, BCom (Honours) degree in Public Economics and Development as well as a BCom (Law) degree from the University of Johannesburg. 


Uganda, Tanzania and Zimbabwe (2016). Completed a study for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Financial Services for the Poor on competition bottlenecks in mobile financial services in Uganda, Tanzania and Zimbabwe, including use of the USSD channel for delivery of these services.

South Africa (2016). Developed a Business Processing Services Sector Strategy for the Gauteng Department of Economic Development

South Africa (2016). Contributed to local industrial development research for the City of Johannesburg’s Department of Economic Development.

South Africa (2015-2016). Part of the team that provided expert advice to the Economic Development Department in relation to the competition and public interest effects the merger between Coca-Cola and SAB (bottlers) in South Africa.

South Africa (2015-2016). Conducted a study commissioned by the National Treasury on the barriers to entry in the airlines industry.

South Africa (2015). Provided expert advice to ICASA in relation to the merger proceedings between Vodacom and Neotel.

Zambia, Zimbabwe, South Africa (2015). Contributed to research for The United Nations University World Institute for Development Economics Research (UNUWIDER) on the competition dynamics in the road freight sectors of Zambia, Zimbabwe, South Africa and Mozambique.

Nigeria (2015). Part of a team providing economic research services in respect of competition issues in Nigeria, including a brief analysis of the financial services sector.

South Africa (2014). Conducted research on the barriers to entry in the liquid fuel industry in South Africa.

Posted on September 30, 2016 .