Development Economics I

Economic development is a process of structural change that facilitates a sustained rise in the living standards of the population as a whole. From this follows that structural change (and thus discontinuities) rather than economic growth alone are emphasised, and that the distribution of the gains from economic growth is a central issue.

This course provides an introductory overview of current economic development issues (i.e. structural economic issues) as they are encountered particularly in South Africa or in other African countries The debate about the nature of apartheid and its legacy and about the post-apartheid economy is naturally central to any course on economic development in South Africa.

Course instructor: Servaas van der Berg

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BER Weekly

18 January 2021
In short, last week’s local news headlines made for sombre reading. On the economic front, November manufacturing data surprised on the downside, although an upward revision to October’s print means that the sector is still on track for another sizeable positive contribution to quarterly GDP growth in Q4. The picture for Q1 is more muted after stage...

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18 January 2021
In short, last week’s local news headlines made for sombre reading. On the economic front, November manufacturing data surprised on the downside, although an upward revision to October’s print means that the sector is still on track for another sizeable positive contribution to quarterly GDP growth in Q4. The picture for Q1 is more muted after stage...

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