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Day labourers and the role of makwerekweres: for better or for worse?

Day labourers and the role of makwerekweres: for better or for worse?

By: Econ3x3      18th May 2016 Foreign migrants often enter informal employment as day labourers. They compete with South Africans for jobs in this curb-side labour market. Three... 

A growing informal sector: evidence from an enterprise survey in Delft

A growing informal sector: evidence from an enterprise survey in Delft

By: Econ3x3      2nd March 2016 Using a small-area census approach, this Econ3X3 article reports on changes in informal micro-enterprise activity in the Cape township of Delft... 

Do government spending and taxation really reduce inequality, or do we need more thorough measurements? A response to the World Bank researchers

Do government spending and taxation really reduce inequality, or do we need more thorough measurements? A response to the World Bank researchers

By: Econ3x3      11th February 2016 World Bank staff and consultants claim that South Africa’s progressive taxation and pro-poor social spending reduce the Gini inequality coefficient... 

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Have real wages fallen behind or increased out of line with productivity? A macroeconomic perspective

Have real wages fallen behind or increased out of line with productivity? A macroeconomic perspective

By: Econ3x3      20th January 2016 Macroeconomic data on wages and productivity suggest that there has not been any constant tendency for real wages either to fall behind or increase... 

What will housing megaprojects do to our cities?

What will housing megaprojects do to our cities? 

By: Econ3x3      10th November 2015 The building of large numbers of housing units in isolated greenfield locations have had detrimental side effects on our cities over the last two... 

Tax(i)ing the poor? Implications of our high commuting costs

Tax(i)ing the poor? Implications of our high commuting costs  

20th October 2015 The time and monetary costs of commuting are extremely high and have increased over the last 20 years. They imply a substantial ‘tax’ on the wages... 

Labour and unemployment in South Africa: towards a ‘grand bargain’

Labour and unemployment in South Africa: towards a ‘grand bargain’

By: Econ3x3      7th October 2015 The problematics of the situation in South Africa are clear: high unemployment, high inequality and low growth, combined with a lack of consensus... 

A foot in the door: are NGOs effective as workplace intermediaries in the youth labour market?

A foot in the door: are NGOs effective as workplace intermediaries in the youth labour market?

By: Econ3x3      28th September 2015 It has been argued that properly focused workplace intermediaries can reshape the labour market to become more youth friendly. Case studies of NGO... 

Youth unemployment: can labour-market intermediaries help?

Youth unemployment: can labour-market intermediaries help?

By: Econ3x3      17th September 2015 Labour-market intermediaries can make a significant contribution to the reduction of youth unemployment.They recognise that the demand for labour... 

How flexible is the South African labour market in the short and long run?

How flexible is the South African labour market in the short and long run? 

By: Econ3x3      31st August 2015 The inflexibility of the labour market is commonly used as a scapegoat to explain high unemployment. Yet new evidence shows that only in specific... 

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