The Covid Project

ERSA, in collaboration with the German Development Cooperation (GIZ) and the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), worked on a project aimed at developing economic policy in a post-COVID-19 South Africa. We landed in a complex position after the public health response in South Africa. In an effort to protect its citizens, South Africa pursued an aggressive lockdown and social distancing strategy, but this left many businesses operating in an environment constrained by weakened demand, supply-side bottlenecks and a compromised labour market. With such a profound impact on our economy it is important to raise questions of whether our policy responses have been appropriate for the South African context, and what the policy going forward should entail.

In The Covid Project, expert researchers from throughout the country are drawn together to unpack these complex issues comprehensively.

  • Monetary Policy
  • Labour Market Policy
  • Trade Policy
  • Building back for a sustainable future

Related Discussion Documents

COVID-19 and the South African Economy
Discussion Document 02 As South Africa looks to navigate itself out...
Matthew Stern, Christopher Loewald
Discussion Document

Related Policy Papers

Sailing into the Wind: evaluating the (near) future of Monetary Policy in South Africa
Policy Paper 25 This paper evaluates the main challenges facing Sou...
Nicola Viegi, Tumisang Loate, Ekaterina Pirozhkova
Policy Paper
Understanding South Africa’s trade policy and performance
Policy Paper 26 South Africa’s exports have lagged behind the rest ...
Matthew Stern, Yash Ramkolowan
Policy Paper
Addressing low labour utilisation in South Africa
Policy Paper 27 South Africa’s stubbornly low labour utilisation ra...
Christopher Loewald, Konstantin Makrelov, Andreas Wörgötter
Policy Paper
Building a competitive and dynamic green industrial sector in South Africa after COVID-19
Policy Paper 28 COVID-19 gave the world a glimpse of how devastatin...
Tendai Gwatidzo, Witness Simbanegavi
Policy Paper

Related Dialogues

Part 1: Monetary policy and Covid-19 in South Africa
The discussion is based on Sailing into the Wind: evaluating the (n...
Dialogue
Part 2: Recovery policies and labour utilization
The discussion is based on two research papers: and Addressing low...
Dialogue
Part 3: International perspectives and South Africa’s trade policy
The discussion is based on two papers: and Understanding South Afr...
Dialogue
Part 4: Building back for a sustainable future
The discussion is based on two papers: , by Channing Arndt, Robert ...
Dialogue

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Prof Nicola Viegi on evaluating the near future of monetary policy in SA: Sailing into ...
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Prof Andreas Wörgötter on addressing current and persisting challenges in South Africa’...
At a time when tensions are rising due to growing inequality and un...
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Dr Matthew Stern on understanding South Africa’s trade policy and performance
An issue often overlooked in many discussions is that of exports an...
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Dr Channing Arndt on Building back fairer from the Covid-19 Pandemic in South Africa
Post-pandemic, South Africa’s economy finds itself in a constrained...
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