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Future economists set to impress

 Wits University. Witsies are poised to impress at the country’s premier competition for budding economists.

Are universities teaching the right kind of economics?

9 January 2019, Dr Kenneth Creamer. South Africa joins global charge to overhaul undergraduate economics. 

ANC expediency is messing up South Africa’s land reform process

If land reform is hijacked by the ANC for the purposes of winning the 2019 poll, South Africa could be on a slippery slope - writes SEBS Head of School, Prof. Jannie Rossouw.

Kenya’s public debt is rising to dangerous levels

Africa Rising - The Future of Investment

16 July 2018. Drawing on a database of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) flows between roughly 1 200 world cities and covering a period between 2003 and 2017, The State of the African Cities 2018 report: The geography of African investment has been hailed as an invaluable resource for African cities wanting to attract investments and for investors around the world looking to understand the geography of investment in Africa: Where are the places that are growing?

Steinhoff scandal points to major gaps in stopping unethical corporate behaviour

18 December 2017. A corporate scandal unfolding around one of the largest businesses coming out of South Africa, Steinhoff, has become a major cause for concern. It threatens to wipe out hundreds of billions of rand invested on behalf of many people – rich as well as ordinary South Africans. Sibonelo Radebe speaks to Jannie Rossouw.

What’s at stake in SA’s finance minister’s first budget

There’s a great deal hanging on Gigaba's 2017 medium term budget policy statement on 25 October 2017. The Conversation Africa’s Sibonelo Radebe asked Prof. Jannie Rossouw to lay out his expectations. 

Some good moves, but not enough to fix mounting problems

South Africa’s finance minister Pravin Gordhan delivered the country’s annual budget amid growing concerns about slow economic growth, the unequal distribution of wealth and a widening budget deficit. The Conversation Africa’s Sibonelo Radebe asked Lumkile Mondi and Jannie Rossouw to shed light on the the minister’s speech.

South Africans, take heart from the budget

Dr Kenneth Creamer. Gordhan’s budget strikes the right balance. His fiscal rectitude will enable South Africa to retain a degree of policy sovereignty.

Economic constraints of why few African women marry

Professor Dorrit (Dori) Posel holds the Helen Suzman Chair in Political Economics at Wits. Posel is an applied economist who analyses quantitative micro-data. She uses these micro-data to understand economic behaviour in and across households and the labour market, and to evaluate the ways in which we measure well-being. Her research over the past eight years has explored marriage and union formation in South Africa to understand the reasons for – and implications of – low marriage rates, particularly among African women.

The war against the Minister of Finance

Senior SA Economics Academics. SA academics collectively penned an open letter expressing their outrage at the unseemly attacks on the Minister of Finance and the National Treasury.

Wits submits report on higher education funding

The University today made its submission to the Presidential Commission of Inquiry into Higher Education Funding. Professor Hlonipha Mokoena led the delegation, supported by Professors Catherine Albertyn and David Hornsby, who were all part of the eight-member Wits Panel on Funding Model(s) for Higher Education in South Africa, that consulted and heard submissions from the University community. Other panel members included Professors Roger Gibson,Laetitia Rispel, Christopher Malikane and Mtendeweka Mhango, and Dr Nthatisi Khatleli. 

A national minimum wage would cut poverty and boost growth in South Africa

Gilad Isaacs. A national minimum wage, set at an appropriate level, can achieve the central objectives of reducing working poverty and inequality in South Africa. It can also lead to increased economic growth without significant negative economic consequences.

Why developing countries are dumping investment treaties

Uma Kollamparambil. Bilateral investment treaties have been a source of political controversy in recent years.

Education system sets learners up for failure

Companies see matric certificates as applicant’s ability to read, write and be trained, research shows. The South African education system is setting up whole generations of school-leavers to fail by poorly equipping them to study in a second language. Volker Schöer, a statistical economist in the School, is currently studying how the labour market selects candidates from masses of unschooled job-seekers in the country.

Analysing Zimbabwe’s brain drain

Professor Miracle Benhura and Dr Prudence Magejo from the Wits School of Economic and Business Sciences are studying the returns on education in Zimbabwe using data from the 1995 and 2003 Zimbabwean Poverty Assessment Study Surveys in conjunction with the 1996 and 2001 South African Census data.