South African companies have strengths on which to build on, particularly in telecoms
Services have not featured strongly in the economic strategies of developing countries. However, South Africa's recently published economic reform proposals point to a greater role for services.
Standard economics says a lot about what’s possible, less about what we will actually do.
The Australian government's approach to economic growth is strictly conventional, and may be leading to the wrong policies.
Whooping cranes, a critically endangered species, breed in one location, a wetland in Wood Buffalo National Park. Yet a federal-provincial review panel has approved an oilsands mine that could kill some of the birds.
Are our brains wired to favour growth over environmentally rational decisions?
‘Greening’ our current economic system can only take us so far.
Economic growth created the climate crisis and continues to fuel it – 'green' growth is no solution.
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High levels of inequality damage our health, harm social cohesion and act as a brake on economic performance.
Africa is data-rich and well connected. Therein lies the solution to many of its challenges.
Data science, led by Africa-based scientists, could play a key role in addressing all of the continent's crucial needs.
In New England, where most land is privately owned, research shows that land conservation promotes economic growth.
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Protecting land from being developed intuitively may seem like a drag on local economies, but research in New England finds that it has the opposite effect.
Perot become a household name after making an independent run for president in 1992.
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As the US prepares to replace NAFTA, a labor scholar who was critical of Perot but shared concerns about the deal revisits the claim that helped him become the most successful third-party candidate since Teddy Roosevelt.
South Korea has grown into a rich country with a per capita GDP of nearly US$30,000 in 2017.
Why do some countries grow faster than others? Innovative local companies play a key role.
As uncertain as 2019-20 is, The Conversation’s team of 20 leading economists are in broad agreement that the outlook isn’t good. Scott Morrison and Treasurer Josh Frydenberg will also have to deal with the unexpected.
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The Conversation's distinguished panel predicts unusually weak growth, dismal spending, no improvement in either unemployment or wage growth, and an increased chance of recession.
Happiness may well be a choice, but it is a difficult choice. And much that might make that choice a little easier depends on the choices of influential others.
Sluggish jobs growth may compel Federal Reserve Board Chair Powell to take action.
The Fed said it's ready to act to 'sustain the expansion.' The latest jobs report suggests it may have to act soon.
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If we want to live sustainably, we must question our appetite for growth.
The Union Buildings in Pretoria, South Africa, the country’s seat of government.
President Cyril Ramaphosa has revived a presidential advisory unit shut down by his predecessor. He needs it if he is to use his power effectively to improve his government's policy coherence.
Kumasi in Ghana is one of the world’s fastest growing cities.
Africa is home to the world's fastest growing cities. However, poor governance has robbed the continent of the benefits of people and firms clustering together.
The current system drives social injustice and environmental destruction, a new approach to address both is called for.
Many hands make light work.
Economic growth should be reimagined not only at the macro level, but also at the micro, business level. Social enterprises offer new, collaborative approaches to growth that maximize societal impact.
Jobs on the line.
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Regional authorities require real teeth to protect their towns from big shocks like factory closures.
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Parliaments might argue more but they make democracy more stable and produce stronger economies.
A hallowed chamber for an important address.
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As Trump prepares to deliver his delayed State of the Union address, here's what four economists had to say about the state of the union.