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Regional and Urban History: Africa; Oceania

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The spatial persistence of population and wealth during apartheid: comparing the 1911 and 2011 censuses

Waldo Krugell
This article examines the spatial distribution of people and wealth in South Africa over the period 1911 to 2011. Economic development is typically characterised by agglomeration, but Apartheid policies tried to separate people and disperse economic activity. Zipf’s Law is used to examine the...
Sep 2014
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The Impact of the Slave Trade on Literacy in Africa: Evidence from the Colonial Era

Nonso Obikili
Recent studies have highlighted the importance of Africa's history of slave exporting to its current economic development. In this paper I show that differences in investment in education may be one of the channels through which that history has affected current development. I combine data on...
Oct 2013
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Pearls worth Rds4000 or less: Reinterpreting eighteenth century sumptuary laws at the Cape

Stan Du Plessis
Governor Ryk Tulbagh promulgated sumptuary laws at the Cape in 1755. Umbrellas could no longer be carried freely by all classes, silk dresses of a certain length could not be worn by ladies without regard to rank, and the value of pearl necklaces was strictly limited. These laws have often been...
Mar 2013
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“Global since Gold” The Globalisation of Conglomerates: Explaining the Experience from South Africa, 1990 - 2009

Grietjie Verhoef
The internationalisation of enterprises is one of the essential ways to strengthen the competitiveness of firms from developing countries (UNCTAD, 2005c: 3). Strong growth in outward foreign direct investment (OFDI) from developing countries has become the distinguishing feature of the twenty-first...
Sep 2011
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