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The MTBPS makes a start: now we need the policies for growth

By: Econ3x3      2nd December 2021 South Africa’s national budget is one of the most redistributive in the emerging markets, but our rising debt to GDP ratio threatens future... 

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The case for a Universal Basic Income Grant

By: Econ3x3      29th November 2021 The Covid pandemic has greatly exacerbated existing poverty and unemployment in South Africa. What are the best policies to alleviate it? Targeted... 

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The MTBPS clears some fiscal space but it is still a path through a swamp

By: Econ3x3      18th November 2021 Treasury did the best it could in this month’s Medium Term Budget Policy Statement. Half the revenue windfall was used for fiscal consolidation and... 

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COVID-19: the measure of learning losses

By: Econ3x3      11th November 2021 How much learning did primary school children in poorer schools lose due to the lockdowns resulting from the Covid-19 pandemic? Three different... 

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The EU Green Deal: how will it impact South African agricultural exports?

By: Econ3x3      27th October 2021 The European Union (EU) is the second most important market for South Africa's agricultural products, accounting for 27% of the country's total... 

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Why South African agricultural products face frontiers in African markets

By: Econ3x3      15th October 2021 South Africa's export-oriented agricultural sector is heavily reliant on the African continent, accounting for over 40% of annual exports. The... 

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Is South Africa's trade policy failing the agricultural sector? 

By: Econ3x3      7th October 2021 South Africa's agricultural exports have grown significantly over the past two decades. Yet agricultural private-sector role players typically... 

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Part 2: Fiscal Dimensions of South Africa's crisis

By: Econ3x3      13th July 2021 In the first article in this series, we examined the history of SA’s economic policy and some of the roots of its current fiscal crisis. We looked... 

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Part 1: Fiscal dimensions of South Africa's crisis

By: Econ3x3      13th July 2021 At the start of the democratic project, South Africa hoped for a “fiscal renaissance”. After a brief period of consolidation, social spending rose,... 

New opportunities for South African agriculture: the African Continental Free Trade Area

New opportunities for South African agriculture: the African Continental Free Trade Area

By: Econ3x3      17th February 2021 The new African Free Continental Trade Area phases out 90% of tariffs on all goods traded between African Union member states over a 5 to 10 year... 

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