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Who are the middle class in South Africa? Does it matter for policy?

By: Econ3x3      30th April 2013 The middle class is a hot topic in media and policy circles. But how should the middle class be defined, particularly in a country with high levels... 

The Budget’s fiscal stance: The non-cyclical element may be a cause for concern

By: Econ3x3      16th April 2013 It is estimated that less than half of the present main budget deficit of 5.7% is explained by cyclical factors. The remainder reflects a... 

The Budget: both the fiscal stance and ‘structural stance’ are sound

By: Econ3x3      25th March 2013 Many economists have argued that the government’s fiscal stance in the recent budget is verging on the risky. This article argues that the fiscal... 

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Reducing unemployment: Waiting for high growth? Waiting for Godot? 

By: Econ3x3      12th March 2013 In trying to reduce unemployment in South Africa, the pursuit of higher economic growth is the single most agreed-upon policy strategy. The... 

The unemployed in South Africa: Why are so many not counted?

By: Econ3x3      26th February 2013 The official rate of unemployment includes only the unemployed who are actively searching for work. However, findings from new data challenge this... 

The original criticisms of the Adcorp Employment Index

By: Econ3x3      20th February 2013 Adcorp’s estimated unemployment rate is so low that it disposes of the unemployment crisis. But Adcorp uses a crude currency-demand method to... 

Adcorp’s employment and unemployment figures are not taken seriously by researchers – yet they can do much harm

By: Econ3x3      12th February 2013 Adcorp’s unemployment figures are derived from weak research and is repeated too often by gullible journalists. Based on a flawed methodology and... 

How will a job-search subsidy create jobs?

By: Econ3x3      6th February 2013 It is well known that the price of transport is high in South Africa. These high costs are a barrier to individuals searching for work and applying... 

Reducing inequality to promote growth: A proposed policy package

By: Econ3x3      1st February 2013 There is considerable theoretical and empirical evidence to support the assertion that inequality is bad for growth. In unequal societies it is... 

Minimum wages and compliance in South African agriculture

By: Econ3x3      23rd January 2013 Minimum wage policy in post-1994 South Africa has been pursued with the explicit aim of ensuring that workers in low-paid, vulnerable occupations... 

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