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Which comes first: good governance or prosperity? A historical experiment from the South African Republic and the Orange Free State

Stan du Plessis and Sophia du Plessis
Two neighbouring republics, with a common history and culture, followed very different paths of development in the second half of the nineteenth century. Extraordinary mineral wealth was discovered during this period in the South African Republic (ZAR), the neighbour where political and economic...
Jun 2017
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Financial sector development, Inflation and Openness: A comparative panel study of ECOWAS and SADC

Sulemana Mahawiya
This paper provides an empirical analysis of the comparative study between the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and Southern African Development Community (SADC) on the role of inflation in explaining the state of financial development of the two regions. In addition, the study...
Jun 2015
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The social and political case for promoting economic growth and broad-based innovation in South Africa

Biniam Egu Bedasso
Popular protest in South Africa has increased sharply in recent years to the extent that it now seems to have pervaded the floor of parliament. In post-apartheid South Africa, economic slowdown is found to be a precursor of a rise in public protest. Young people are more ready than other age groups...
Nov 2014
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Effects of Primary, Secondary and Tertiary Education on Conflict Intensity in Africa

Julius A Agbor
This study investigates the impact of different dimensions of schooling education (primary, secondary and tertiary enrolment) on the intensity of intra-state conflicts in Africa during 1989-2008. It uses fixed-effects regressions in a panel framework and annual data for 25 African countries...
May 2013
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The Impact of Economic Freedom on Economic Growth in the SADC: An Individual Component Analysis

Vsevolod I. Gorlach and Pierre Le Roux
The SADC is attempting to achieve development and economic growth. This paper investigates the relationship between economic freedom – in aggregate and on an individual component basis – on economic growth in the SADC. The annual data for 13 SADC countries from 2000 to 2009 are used to construct a...
Jan 2013
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A History With Evidence: Income inequality in the Dutch Cape Colony

Johan Fourie and Dieter von Fintel
The arrival of European settlers at the Cape in 1652 marked the beginning of what would seemingly become an extremely unequal society, with ramifications into modern-day South Africa. In this paper, we measure the income inequality at three different points over the first century of Dutch rule at...
Sep 2010
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The dynamics of inequality in a newly settled, preindustrial society: The case of the Cape Colony

Johan Fourie and Dieter von Fintel
Inequality is a major concern in many of the world’s developing regions. South Africa is no exception, as the voluminous literature on the subject attests to (see Bhorat and Kanbur 2006, for example). Indeed, modern South Africa is one of the most unequal societies in the world, primarily as a...
Jul 2009
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Characterizing Conflict Forms

Johannes Fedderke and Chandana Kularatne
This paper presents a model in which two groups in society are engaged in strategic interaction. Privileged members of society have the opportunity to allocate resources either to their own productive capacity, or to enhance the productive capacity of the disadvantaged. Redistribution to the...
Nov 2008
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