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Soaring deficits and debt: restoring sustainability amidst low economic growth

Soaring deficits and debt: restoring sustainability amidst low economic growth

By: Econ3x3      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

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

By: Econ3x3      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

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

By: Econ3x3      13th August 2019 Experiences of poverty over time differ markedly. Out of four South Africans, two experience persistent poverty with few future prospects. Another... 

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The informal economy: Is policy based on correct assumptions?

The informal economy: Is policy based on correct assumptions?

By: Econ3x3      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?

Why has manufacturing employment declined so rapidly?

By: Econ3x3      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

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

By: Econ3x3      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?

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

By: Econ3x3      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... 

Creating jobs, reducing poverty III: Barriers to entry and growth in the informal sector – and business cycle vulnerabilities

Creating jobs, reducing poverty III: Barriers to entry and growth in the informal sector – and business cycle vulnerabilities

7th August 2018 Introduction The previous article discussed the size and impact of the South African informal sector, also distinguishing key policy-relevant... 

Creating jobs, reducing poverty II: The substantial employment performance of the informal sector

Creating jobs, reducing poverty II: The substantial employment performance of the informal sector

31st July 2018 Introduction The previous article discussed the size and impact of the South African informal sector, also distinguishing key policy-relevant... 

Creating jobs, reducing poverty I: Why the informal sector should be taken seriously and enabled properly

Creating jobs, reducing poverty I: Why the informal sector should be taken seriously and enabled properly

By: Econ3x3      26th July 2018 It is not uncommon to find researchers and commentators viewing informal-sector participants as being without aspirations or entrepreneurial... 

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