If you want people to stay home and businesses to stay shut, you have to pay them to do so
By Gilad Isaacs
12 May 2020
A major step forward, but some warning lights are flashing
By Gilad Isaacs
22 April 2020
Some of the most vulnerable could be left in the cold
Every day millions across South Africa do arduous work in jobs that cannot keep them and their dependants out of poverty. These are the “working poor” and according to a new study, there are about five and half million of them.
25 August 2015
The low wage argument is a red herring, argue Gilad Isaacs and Ben Fine in the latest contribution to the minimum wage debate.
Gilad Isaacs and Ben Fine
17 December 2014
Popular economist Mike Schussler’s recently published article distorts the available statistical evidence to buttress a bizarre argument.
22 July 2014
The timing, duration and intensity of the long strike on the platinum belt were fuelled by a familiar South African problem: persistent and very high inequality.
1 July 2014
After the historic five-month long platinum strike, mineworkers and corporate executives are retreating to their tin shacks and BMWs respectively. The country is left wondering: who won?
What the increases mean for the lives of the workers and the fortunes of the platinum producers is difficult to quantify. However, it is possible to compare the implications – for workers and company costs – of the various offers, demands and the final settlement.
26 June 2014
Like any good question, the answer to whether the platinum producers can afford the demands made by striking workers is: “it depends”.
9 June 2014
From a perusal of social media and certain sections of the commentariat (on both the Left and Right) one wouldn’t know that an intelligent South African electorate just handed the ANC a convincing victory in an overwhelming peaceful, free, fair and democratic election.
14 May 2014
The ANC is increasingly accused of breaking the promises it has made to the South African public. What is less widely discussed is how their promises contradict one another.
4 March 2014