Johan Fourie

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PhD (Economic History) - 2012 - Utrecht University
M.Comm (Economics) - 2006 - Stellenbosch University (SU)
Research interests:
South African economic history
Tourism economics
Sport economics
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Courses lectured:

Economics 214, Economics 281, Economic History 778 (Honours)

Published research:

  • Fourie, J. and Swanepoel, C. 2015. When selection trumps persistence: The lasting effect of missionary education in South Africa. Tijdschrift voor Sociale en Economische Geschiedenis. Vol 12(1): 1-29.
  • Fourie, J. and Santana-Gallego, M. 2015. The Invisible Hand of Thierry Henry: How World Cup Qualification Influences Host Country Tourist Arrivals. Journal of Sport Economics. In press.
  • Fourie, J. and Green, E. 2015. The Missing People: Accounting for the productivity of indigenous populations in Cape Colonial History. Journal of African History. Vol 56(2): 195-215.
  • Fourie, J., Roselló, J and Santana-Gallego, M. 2015. Which God is Good for Tourism? Tourism EconomicsIn press.
  • Fourie, J., Roselló, J and Santana-Gallego, M. 2015. Religion, Religious Diversity and Tourism. Kyklos. Vol 68(1): 51-64. Online.
  • Baten, J. and Fourie, J. 2015. Numeracy of Africans, Asians, and Europeans during the Early Modern Period: New Evidence from Cape Colony Court Registers. Economic History Review. 68(2): 632-656.
  • Mariotti, M. and Fourie, J. 2014. The economics of apartheid: An introduction. Economic History of Developing Regions. Vol 29(2): 113-125. Full text.
  • Fourie, J. and Gardner, L. 2014. The Internationalization of Economic History: A puzzle. Economic History of Developing Regions. Vol 29(1): 1-14.
  • Fourie, J. 2014. The Quantitative Cape: A Review of the New Historiography of the Dutch Cape Colony. South African Historical Journal. Vol 66(1): 142-168.
  • Fourie, J. and Von Fintel, D. 2014. Settler skills and colonial development: the Huguenot wine-makers in eighteenth-century Dutch South Africa. Economic History Review. Vol 67(4): 932–963.
  • Cilliers, J. and Fourie, J. 2014. Die Huwelikspatrone van Europese setlaars aan die Kaap, 1652-1910. New Contree. Vol 69: 45-70.
  • Fourie, J., Ross, R. and Viljoen, R. 2014. Literacy at South African mission stations. Journal of Southern African Studies. 40(4): 781-800.
  • Patrizio, P., Muller, S., Cilliers, J. and Fourie, J. 2014. The transmission of longevity across generations: the case of the settler Cape Colony. Research in Social Stratification and Mobility. Vol 35: 105–119.
  • Fourie, J., Jansen, A. and Siebrits, K. 2013. Public finances and private company rule: The Dutch Cape Colony (1652-1795). New Contree. December 2013.
  • Fourie, J. and Van Zanden, J.-L. 2013. GDP in the Dutch Cape Colony: the national accounts of a slave-based society. South African Journal of Economics. Vol 81(4): 467-490.
  • Fourie, J. and Santana-Gallego, M. 2013. Ethnic reunion and cultural affinity. Tourism Management. Vol 36, 411-420.
  • Fourie, J. and Santana-Gallego, M. 2013. The determinants of African tourism. Development Southern Africa. 30(3): 347-366.
  • Fourie, J. 2013. Slaves as capital investment in the Dutch Cape Colony, 1652-1795. Chapter in: Svensson, P. & Hillbom, E. (Eds.) Agricultural transformation in global history perspective. Routledge.
  • Fourie, J. 2013. The remarkable wealth of the Dutch Cape Colony: measurements from eighteenth-century probate inventories. The Economic History Review. 66(2): 419-448.
  • Cilliers, J. and Fourie, J. 2012. New estimates of settler life span and other demographic estimates from South Africa, 1652-1948. Econonomic History of Developing Regions. Vol 27(2): 61-86. Available here.
  • Fourie, J. and Schirmer, S. 2012. The Future of South African Economic History. Economic History of Developing Regions. Vol 27(1): 114-124. Working Paper.
  • Fourie, J. 2012. Die relatiewe welvaart van die vroeë Kaapse setlaars. Litnet Akademies 9(2): 442-467. Available here.
  • Fourie, J. and Uys, J. 2012. Luxury product consumption in eighteenth-century Cape Colony households. Tijdschrift voor Sociale en Economische Geschiedenis 9(2): 29-60.
  • Du Toit, L. and Fourie, J. 2012. Africa’s comparative advantage in tourism. Studies in Economics and Econometrics. Vol. 36(1): 1-22.
  • Fourie, J. and Von Fintel, D. 2012. "The Fruit of the Vine: An augmented endowments-inequality hypothesis and the Rise of an Elite in the Cape Colony" in Amsden, A., Robinson, J. and DiCaprio, A. The Role of Elites in Development. WIDER series on Economic Development. Oxford University Press. Working Paper version.
  • Fourie, J. and Von Fintel, D. 2011. 'n Ongelyke Oes. Tydskrif vir Geesteswetenskappe. Vol. 51(3): 332-353.
  • Fourie, J. 2011. Travel service exports as comparative advantage in South Africa. South African Journal of Economic and Management Sciences. Vol 14(2): 210-228. Full article available here.
  • Fourie, J., Siebrits, K. and Spronk, K. 2011. Tourist displacement in two South African sport mega-events. Development Southern Africa. Vol 28(3): 319-332.
  • Fourie, J. and Santana-Gallego, M. 2011. The impact of mega-events on tourist arrivals. Tourism Management. Vol 32(6): 1364-1370. Working Paper.
  • Fourie, J. and Von Fintel, J. 2011. A History with Evidence: Income inequality in Dutch South Africa. Economic History of Developing Regions 26(1): 16-48. Working Paper.
  • Fourie, J. and Spronk, K. 2011. South African mega-sports events and their impact on tourism. Journal of Sport & Tourism 16(1), 75-97.
  • Du Plessis, E. and Fourie, J. 2011. Higher education exports in South Africa: A case study of Stellenbosch University. South African Journal of Higher Education 24(3). 
  • Schirmer, S., L. Chaudhary, M. Cosgel, J-L. Demonsant, J. Fourie, E. Frankema, G. Garzarelli, J. Luiz, M. Mariotti, G. Verhoef, S. Yan. 2010. The State and Scope of the Economic History of Developing Regions. Economic History of Developing Regions 25(1): 3-20. Working paper. Full paper.
  • Boshoff, W. and Fourie, J. 2010. The significance of the Cape trade route to economic activity in the Cape Colony: a Medium-term business cycle analysis. European Review of Economic History 14(3): 469-503 Print Version
  • Fourie, J. and Santana-Gallego, M. "Measuring the gains from currency union membership in Southern Africa" tralac Yearbook 2010. tralac: Stellenbosch Working Paper version
  • Calitz, E. and Fourie, J. 2010. "Infrastructure in South Africa: who is to finance and who is to pay?" Development Southern Africa 27(2): 177-191. Paper available hereWorking paper version.
  • Fourie, J. and Von Fintel, D. 2010. "The dynamics of inequality in a newly settled, pre-industrial society" Cliometrica 4(3): 229-267. Online edition.
  • Siebrits, K. and Fourie, J. 2009. "An application of attractiveness measures to evaluate the structure of the Currie Cup" South African Journal for Research in Sport, Physical Education and Recreation. Working paper version
  • Fourie, J. 2008. “A note on infrastructure quality in South Africa”. Development Southern Africa. Vol. 25: 4, October. Working paper version
  • Boshoff, W. and Fourie, J. 2008. “Explaining the Fluctuations in Shipping Traffic to the Cape Settlement, 1652-1793”. South African Journal of Economic History. Vol. 23: (1,2), pp. 1-27.
  • McCarthy, C., Kruger, P. and Fourie, J. 2007. Benchmarking EPA negotiations between EU and SADC. tralac Working Paper. July. Working paper
  • Fourie, J. 2007. “The South African poor white problem in the early twentieth century: Lessons for poverty today”. Management Decision. Vol. 45: 8, pp. 1270-1296. Working paper version
  • Fourie, J. 2006. “Economic Infrastructure in South Africa: Definitions, Theory and Empirics”. South African Journal of Economics: Vol. 74: 3, pp. 422-441.


BER Weekly

2 October 2015
This week a range of domestic data was released. Credit extension growth and confidence figures gave insight into the health of the South African consumer. While both credit growth and confidence picked up slightly, the figures remained subdued. In the manufacturing sector, the slight uptick in the Barclays Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) was mainly...

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