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  • Economics for South African students 6/e
  • Mohr P
  • ISBN: 9780627037054
  • eISBN: N/A
  • ePub ISBN: 9780627037061
  • 508 Pages | Published: 2020

Like its predecessors, the sixth edition of Economics for South African students is a comprehensive introduction to economics in general, set against a contemporary South African background. The easy style and many practical examples make this publication extremely accessible. The book covers all the material usually prescribed for introductory courses, and it lays a solid foundation for intermediate and advanced studies in economics.

The sixth edition is a unique textbook. A number of experts have contributed short pieces under the collective title In the real world. We trust that these examples and case studies will be put to good use by lecturers (e.g. in discussion classes) while also providing students with more practical material to enhance their coursework.

Some of the topics covered by the In the real world pieces include:

         #Fees must fall … to zero? Does free higher education exist?

         Land reform

         Nationalisation of the SARB

         What should the SARB target?

         Are tax incentives a good idea?

The following experts in various fields of economics contributed the In the real world pieces: Mduduzi Biyase,Edward Blight, Estian Calitz, Pierre Faure, Johan Fourie, Rudolf Gouws, Waldo Krugell, Jac Laubscher, Pieter le Roux, Colin McCarthy, Dave Mohr, Gabila Nubong, Andrie Schoombee, Krige Siebrits, Ben Smit, Eon Smit, Sharon Tessendorf, Chris Torr, Servaas van der Berg, Cecilia van Zyl, Cobus Vermeulen, Ingrid Woolard, Derek Yu and Mulatu Zerihun.

A bonus chapter on the South African economy can be found at

South African workbook for economics and Basic mathematics for economics students are additional resources that students can purchase at their local bookstore or online retailer. Please visit for information on fundamental and supplementary Economics I products.


Chapter 1: What economics is all about

Chapter 2: Economic systems

Chapter 3: Production, income and spending in the mixed economy

Chapter 4: Demand, supply and prices

Chapter 5: Demand and supply in action

Chapter 6: Elasticity

Chapter 7: The theory of demand: the utility approach

Chapter 8: The theory of demand: the indifference approach

Chapter 9: Background to supply: production and cost

Chapter 10: Market structure 1: Overview and perfect competition

Chapter 11: Market structure 2: monopoly and imperfect competition

Chapter 12: The factor markets: the labour market

Chapter 13: Measuring the performance of the economy

Chapter 14: The monetary sector

Chapter 15: The government sector

Chapter 16: The foreign sector

Chapter 17: A simple Keynesian model of the economy

Chapter 18: The Keynesian model with a government and a foreign sector

Chapter 19: More on macro­economic theory and policy

Chapter 20: Inflation

Chapter 21: Unemployment, poverty and inequality

 Chapter 22: Economic growth and business cycles


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  • Interactive PowerPoint slides
  • Suggested answers to review questions
  • Suggested answers to In the real world questions
  • A test bank – supplied in a word document as well as in Respondus format
  • JPEGs of figures and tables

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