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Fundamental rethinking is required to tackle the durability of the legacies of poverty and inequality inherited by the democratic government of South Africa. Such rethinking has to start with an understanding of the long historical processes that brought us to where we are. This paper traces,...
The arrival of European settlers at the Cape in 1652 marked the beginning of what would become an extremely unequal society, with ramifications into modern-day South Africa. In this paper, we measure income inequality at three different points over the first century of Dutch rule at the Cape....
Differentiating between various types of colonies in order to explain their divergent paths of economic development is commonplace among economists and economic historians. Recently, specialists of African economic history have drawn attention to the more adverse economic effects of colonial...
The broad focus of this article is on the economic aftermath of the Afrikaner Rebellion of 1914–1915 and its wider repercussions as viewed through the lens of the Helpmekaar movement and its £100 Fund. In its engagement with the economic underpinnings which served as a springboard for incipient...
Given South Africa's history, rural communities in the periphery have always been the poorest of the poor with a long-run dependence on migrant remittances. In the 1980s there were vigorous debates about the importance of agricultural activities yet these analyses assumed that the nature of the...
[T]here is not one distribution of income but many: income is distributed across racial groups, income classes, present and future generations, and so on. Moreover, a given distribution is not a one-dimensional magnitude: it has as many dimensions or components as there are relevant “classes”...
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