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The Covid-19 crisis has amplified spatial inequalities

1st October 2020 The economic and social crisis induced by Covid-19 is unfolding in different ways across the country. New evidence from the NIDS-CRAM survey... 

Covid-19’s economic effects: tourism’s supply-chain impacts

13th August 2020 While the impact of the Covid-19 lock-down on the tourism sector may seem clear, the potential impact on its supply chain has not been... 

Finance and businesses in the time of Corona

1st April 2020 The lockdown and physical distancing measures of government impact small and medium-sized companies severely as they lack the financial reserves to... 


Soaring deficits and debt: restoring sustainability amidst low economic growth

24th February 2020 The debt burden of the national government has steadily increased from 27% in 2007. It is heading towards 70% in 2022/3 if this trajectory is not... 

Hiding in plain sight: high-value agriculture’s large-scale potential to grow jobs and exports

18th September 2019 South Africa has a major but overlooked opportunity to expand the production of high-value agricultural products that are both labour-intensive and... 

Socio-economic class in South Africa: playing snakes and ladders with loaded dice

13th August 2019 Experiences of poverty over time differ markedly. Out of four South Africans, two experience persistent poverty with few future prospects. Another... 

The informal economy: Is policy based on correct assumptions?

19th February 2019 We analyse the emphasis in informal-sector and informal-economy policy, highlighting who runs the risk of being missed. We then interrogate... 

Why has manufacturing employment declined so rapidly?

3rd October 2018 The manufacturing sector has performed poorly and employment has fallen sharply. Policy has tended to push manufacturing onto a more... 

The top 1% of incomes are increasing rapidly even with low economic growth

12th September 2018 We use tax data (which include accurate data for the very rich) to investigate the patterns of income growth over the period 2003 to 2016. Despite... 

Creating jobs, reducing poverty V: Is ‘formalising’ the informal sector the answer?

21st August 2018 This extract from a new REDI3x3 book proposes a constructive way to approach the possible ‘formalisation’ of the informal sector. A common impulse... 

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