n South African Journal of Labour Relations - The changing population-economic-institutional dynamics of South Africa, 2001-2007

Volume 32, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0379-8410
  • E-ISSN: 2520-3223



In this article a heuristic population-economic-institutional model is presented and discussed. It appears from the findings of this study that very positive population, economic and institutional dynamics were found in South Africa during the period 2001 to 2007, but that the interfaces between these three variables are still problematic, in that whereas high economic growth was experienced during this period, low levels of job creation were experienced, leading to a situation where such high levels of growth are not sufficiently benefiting the population through employment. Furthermore, although there were high levels of institutional growth, the levels of wealth transfer by such institutions to the broader populace is problematic. On the basis of the findings of this study, some policy measures are being proposed to strengthen population-economic-institutional interactions in South Africa.

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