Rhodes hosts in­ter­na­tional Eco­nom­ics Con­fer­ence


For the first time, Rhodes Uni­ver­sity is host­ing the Bi­en­nial Con­fer­ence of the Eco­nom­ics So­ci­ety of South Africa (ESSA) this week. The con­fer­ence be­gan on Wed­nes­day 30 Au­gust 2017 and will be end­ing this af­ter­noon (Fri­day).

With over 250 del­e­gates present, 251 pa­pers on Cur­ricu­lum Trans­for­ma­tion are to be pre­sented, of which 89 are pre­sented by stu­dents.

No­table guest speak­ers at the Con­fer­ence in­clude Wendy Car­lin, Pro­fes­sor of Eco­nom­ics at Uni­ver­sity Col­lege Lon­don (UCL) and Re­search Fel­low of the Cen­tre for Eco­nomic Pol­icy Re­search (CEPR), and Sam Bowles, Pro­fes­sor of Eco­nom­ics at Sante Fe In­sti­tute in the US.

“The Con­fer­ence is an op­por­tu­nity for econ­o­mists around South­ern Africa and abroad to share their re­search and to network,” said Pro­fes­sor Gavin Kee­ton, As­so­ci­ate Pro­fes­sor at the De­part­ment of Eco­nom­ics and Eco­nomic His­tory, and Pres­i­dent of ESSA. “The theme of the con­fer­ence, Cur­ricu­lum Trans­for­ma­tion, has never been more rel­e­vant than it is now in our coun­try,”

The Eco­nom­ics So­ci­ety of South Africa was es­tab­lished in 1925 as a dis­cus­sion fo­rum for econ­o­mists in aca­demic life, gov­ern­ment and busi­ness.

It has a his­tory of mem­ber­ship from Cab­i­net Min­is­ters, Gov­er­nors of the Re­serve Bank, Chief Ex­ec­u­tives of Com­pa­nies, Di­rec­tors-Gen­eral of Gov­ern­ment De­part­ments, Aca­demic Lead­ers and prom­i­nent Econ­o­mists.

The pa­pers pre­sented at the Con­fer­ence ad­dress a num­ber of top­ics rang­ing from elec­tric­ity us­age in South Africa and top­ics sur­round­ing ter­tiary ed­u­ca­tion in South Africa to is­sues sur­round crime and ideas sur­round­ing dagga use in the coun­try.

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