Evaluating the performance of South African economics departments
South African Journal of Economics
University of the Witwatersrand, PO Box 98, Wits, 2050, South Africa
Over the past decade, economics departments in South Africa have seen major changes and a certain level of disruption. Much of this can be attributed to the integration of our discipline into the global arena after a period of academic isolation. This paper presents a survey of economics departments and covers everything from staff profiles and qualifications to curricula, and research output. This paper indicates that there has been some improvement in the state of economics at South African universities since 2003 when the previous survey was conducted. Research output is largely up as is the proportion in international journals, and more researchers are producing in leading international economics publications. However, the gap between South African economics departments and their international counterparts remains large. Journal compilation © 2009 Economic Society of South Africa.
academic research; curriculum; ranking; university sector; South Africa