Reflections on South Africa, from an economic history perspective

Johan Fourie is professor of Economics at Stellenbosch University.

I teach economic history to undergraduate and graduate students and writes frequently on the topic, either by contributing to research or for a more popular audience, as columnist and blogger.

My greatest wish is to be cited in a Nobel lecture, preferably by one of my students.


Fourie, J. and Greyling, J., 2023. Wheat productivity in the Cape Colony in 1825: evidence from newly transcribed tax censuses. Agrekon.
Fourie, J. and Garmon Jr, F., 2022. The settlers’ fortunes: Comparing tax censuses in the Cape Colony and early American republic. The Economic History Review.
Martins, I., Cilliers, J. and Fourie, J., 2022. Legacies of loss: The health outcomes of slaveholder compensation in the British Cape Colony. Explorations in Economic History.


Decoding the Stellenbosch mafia.

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#midjourney prompt: Digital portrait of a #Stellenbosch wine farmer.

#winelover #capewinelands #stellenboschwineroute

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#midjourney prompt: A Norman Rockwell painting of a father and son in a small Western Cape town.
@catullusfan writes about truth in historical fiction in a guest post on Our Long Walk.

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#midjourney prompt: A merged portrait photo of Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ojiofor and King Richard, with a falling English crown
Poverty affects decision-making.

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#midjourney prompt: An optical illusion of an African woman climbing neverending steps.
Spesiale dag
New #econhist papers, Sep 2023.

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#midjourney prompt: A tilt-shift photo of two indigenous Australian travelers on a trade route.
Should you marry for #genetics or #wealth?

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#midjourney prompt: A surrealist painting of a wedding dress, orchid and DNA
@wandilesihlobo's new book examines dualism in South Africa's agricultural sector.

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#midjourney prompt: Recreate Grant Woods's American Gothic (at the @artinstitutechi) for Africa
What can we learn from Ancient Mesopotamia?

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#midjourney prompt: An ancient Babylonian king that looks like @antoniobanderas
On 21 December 1687, Louis Faurite signed the church register in Amsterdam's Walloon Church. 336 years and 10 generations later, his descendants visit again.

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#huguenot #migrantstories
My keynote at the European Historical Demography congress.

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#midjourney prompt: A Charles le Brun painting of a French Huguenot migrant.
Historical demography dinner