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.

Wat maak Jeremy Irons in die reënwoud? Waarom speel die Japannese rugby? Hoe kon ’n fliek Stalin in die verleentheid stel? En wat het ’n Indonesiese vulkaan, Frankenstein en die Groot Trek in gemeen?

Dit is maar enkele van die vrae wat die gewilde Rapport-rubriekskrywer, Johan Fourie, onderhoudend verken in hierdie heerlik leesbare ekonomiese geskiedenis wat strek van die migrasie uit Afrika 100 000 jaar gelede tot vandag.



Postgrad econ history class of 2023!

Another year of great discussions and deliberations @stellenboschuni
I love airport book shopping. I hope others love to do so too!
Willem Fourie discussing 'Why Leaders Fail', now available from your nearest bookshop
Spoke last night at a @matiesalumni event at the lovely @paulcluverwines. Great questions and lively discussion.
Signed up to Midjourney today. Wow. I have no doubt that AI will radically transform our lives in the next few years, if not months.

My prompt: Photo of a passenger train leaving Johannesburg station in the 1960s, hyperrealistic, dramatic. It is set in a counterfactual world with steampunk architecture and technology. Passengers on the platform are out of focus. The photo is taken from slightly above the train.

#aiart #history #trains
Hoe lekker is n volblad+ resensie van Skatryk in @rapportsa nie!

Dankie regter Johann Kriegler vir pitkos om aan te herkou.
Support from the home team!

Writing takes you to new places, and into new conversations.

I now know more than I ever expected to know about trucking and transport! 

Thank you to Pool Transport for the invitation.
They say academic economists aim to publish in the QJE. But its actually @huisgenoot...
'n Eerste ontmoeting met @sadewalter, 'Skatryk' se redakteur, by Donderdagaand se boekbekendstelling by @exclusivebooks.
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