This video was made possible by our Patreon community! ❤️
See new videos early, participate in exclusive Q&As, and more!


South Africa is an economy that is really important to understand as a kind of potential outcome case study of inequality gone bad. The nation itself, on paper at least is not so terrible, it is actually one of if not the wealthiest nation in all of Africa, trading back and forth quite frequently with Nigeria.


📚 Want to learn more about the economy of South Africa? We recommend reading “Diamonds, Gold, and War: The British, the Boers, and the Making of South Africa”,
by Martin Meredith 👉 (as an Amazon Associate, we earn from qualifying purchases)

Enjoyed the video? Comment below! 💬
⭑ Subscribe to Economics Explained 👉
⭑ Enjoyed? Hit the like button! 👍

Q&A Streams on EEII (2nd channel) →

✉️ Business Enquiries →

Follow EE on social media:
Twitter 🐦 →
Facebook →
Instagram →…
Discord →


#Economics #SouthAfrica #VideoEssay


Sources & Citations –

Marais, H., 2001. South Africa: Limits to change: The political economy of transition

Fine, B., 2018. The political economy of South Africa: From minerals-energy complex to industrialisation

Magubane, B., 1979. The political economy of race and class in South Africa (Vol. 167). New York: Monthly Review Press.

Power, M., Newell, P., Baker, L., Bulkeley, H., Kirshner, J. and Smith, A., 2016. The political economy of energy transitions in Mozambique and South Africa: The role of the Rising Powers. Energy Research & Social Science

Arrow, K., Bowles, S. and Durlauf, S.N. eds., 2018. Meritocracy and economic inequality. Princeton University Press.

Reeves, A., 2017. Economics: The architecture of inequality. Nature, 543

Assouad, L., Chancel, L. and Morgan, M., 2018, May. Extreme Inequality: Evidence from Brazil, India, and South Africa. In AEA Papers and Proceeding


EE Fan Exclusive Offer:

Sign-up for Acorns! 👉 (after registration, Acorns will deposit $5 in your account to help you get started with investing!)


Support EE by becoming a Patron today! 👉

The video you’re watching right now would not exist without the monthly support provided by our generous Patrons:

Morgon Goranson, Andy Potanin, Wicked Pilates, Tadeáš Ursíny, Logan, Angus Clydesdale, Michael G Harding, Hamad AL-Thani, Conrad Reuter, Tom Szuszai, Ryan Katz, Jack Doe, Igor Bazarny, Ronnie Henriksen, Irsal Mashhor, LT Marshall, Zara Armani, Bharath Chandra Sudheer, Dalton Flanagan, Andrew Harrison, Hispanidad, Michael Tan, Michael A. Dunn, Alex Gogan, Mariana Velasque, Bejomi, Sugga Daddy, Matthew Collinge, Kamar, Kekomod, Edward Flores, Brent Bohlken, Bobby Trusardi, Bryan Alvarez, EmptyMachine, Snuggle Boo Boo ThD, Christmas