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When Selection Trumps Persistence: The Lasting Effect of Missionary Education in South Africa

Johan Fourie and Christie Swanepoel
To estimate the long-term, persistent effects of missionary education requires two strong assumptions: that mission station settlement is uncorrelated with other economic variables, such as soil quality and access to markets, and 2) that selection into (and out of) mission stations is unimportant...
Jan 2015
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A Dream Deferred: the Microfoundations of Direct Political Action in Pre- and Post-democratization South Africa

Biniam Bedasso
Persistent protests might endanger the stability of young democracies because the economic legacies of the old autocratic regimes tend to outlive their political structures. This paper seeks to explore the micro-level predictors of protest potential in South Africa before and after the end of...
Nov 2014
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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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Addressing structural change issues in the context of South Africa's political dispensation

Biniam E. Bedasso
The current structure of South Africa’s economy is partly a product of the terms of the country’s political dispensation. The availability of capital mobility as an exit option is a key aspect of South Africa’s negotiated democracy. As long as inequality remains high, capital continues to gravitate...
Nov 2014
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The Relative (in)Efficiency of South African Municipalities in Providing Public Health Care

Josue Mbonigaba and Saidou Baba Oumar
Previous studies in South Africa have not dis-aggregated efficiency analysis across municipalities which are health system components of the broader national health system. The purpose of this paper is therefore to assess whether the relative efficiency of South African municipalities in primary...
Oct 2014
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Exploring Unbalanced Growth in South Africa: Understanding the Sectoral Structure of the South African Economy

Johannes W. Fedderke
This paper explores the reasons for the unbalanced growth structure of South Africa. While a number of emerging markets show a high proportion of value added and employment being generated by the service sector, South Africa is one of very few such economies that also show a strong decline in...
Sep 2014
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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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Political transition in a small open economy: Retracing the economic trail of South Africa’s long walk to democracy

Biniam E. Bedasso
This paper seeks to offer an economic explanation for the emergence of democracy in societies with high income inequality and narrow middle-class such as Apartheid South Africa. The presence of a credible threat of capital flight is shown to render democracy less unpleasant to the elites by making...
Sep 2014
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