The informal sector represents an opportunity to improve the lives of a large part of the workforce. Government should desist from harming livelihoods and broaden the scope of policy measures.
Government policies need to acknowledge individual agency as a mechanism for change, while reducing barriers to income-producing activities.
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.
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The progress we were making has been slowed or reversed, at exactly the wrong time.
The Reserve Bank's best case scenario is that its forecasts are wrong.
Claiming "there are jobs out there for those who want them" is cheap rhetoric glossing over the reality of unemployment.
Many people enter and leave Newstart quickly. But most of those on it have been on it for a long time.
A growing number of jobs are becoming less stable, with fewer benefits and stagnating wages. This is taking a significant toll on the psychological health of workers.
The governments needs to adjust its agenda to take on board concerns voiced by citizens about the impact of technological changes.
The child support grant, as a policy instrument, cannot work alone in ensuring that young people thrive and succeed.
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.
In the US, poverty is measured by income level. But that measure misses many other aspects of poverty – like unemployment, poor health and a lack of health insurance.
Arming young people with financial capabilities does improve their employment prospects, but how exactly is still not clear. One possibility is that financial literacy boosts their confidence
Inequality persists in post-apartheid South Africa, reflecting the distribution of power. Reversing this will require changing the social processes and relations that underpin it.
If the country is to survive its current crisis, government will need to undertake two difficult tasks simultaneously.
After recent elections, South Africa are grappling with what the reasons are for the declining trend in youth participation in the 2019 elections.
The Fed said it's ready to act to 'sustain the expansion.' The latest jobs report suggests it may have to act soon.
An economist explains why the long-term drop in the participate rate is an even bigger problem for the US economy than the May slowdown in jobs growth.
We're facing a global economic problem that no one really understands or knows how to fix.