Why inequality will not be fixed with Pikettian posturing and distorted data, The Conversation, 1.10.2015

In the hot ideological wars South Africans wage, perhaps none is as violent to the truth as the rejigging of the Gini coefficient measuring income inequality. This number is zero if everyone shares income perfectly equally and one if only a sole person gets it all. Before state redistribution kicks Continue Reading

The Social, Spatial, and Economic Roots of Urban Inequality in Africa: Contextualizing Jane Jacobs and Henry George

Franklin Obeng-Odoom

The Social, Spatial, and Economic Roots of Urban Inequality in Africa: Contextualizing Jane Jacobs and Henry George,  Franklin Obeng-Odoom, American Journal of Economics and Sociology Volume 74, Issue 3, pages 550–586, May 2015 Abstract Unravelling the social and economic roots of urban inequality in Africa has remained a thorny issue Continue Reading

Unemployment cannot be blamed on foreigners, SABC, 19.05.2015

South Africa’s unemployment problem has been persistent since 1994 and long before the migration of Africans from elsewhere making their way south. Foreigners do not occupy all the formal jobs that the South African economy creates because there would have to be good reasons for employing foreigners in the formal Continue Reading