Andrew Donaldson: Should the South African government redistribute more?

Posted by Johan Fourie on 2014-04-10

At his annual lecture in the Department on Monday, 7 April, Andrew Donaldson, Deputy Director General responsible for Public Finance in South Africa's National Treasury and Honorary Professor in the Department of Economics, asked whether South Africa should increase redistribution through the budget. Citing an IMF study, he noted that there is mounting evidence that, contrary to economic theory, greater redistribution does not have an adverse effect on economic growth. His provocative question resulted in an interesting debate. In the above photo, Prof. Donaldson (top left) listens to a question from the floor.

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