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BRICS: Inequality and development challenges

21 August 2014
12:30 - 13:30


Speaker: Dr Kraemer-Mbula, senior lecturer and research fellow, Institute for Economic Research, Tshwane University of Technology

Venues in Pretoria, Durban and Cape Town (Videoconferencing facilities: see below)

Date: 21 August 2014
Time: 12:45 for 12H30 – 13H30  

This is the second volume in a series of five books bringing together the results of intensive research on the national systems of innovation (NSI) in the BRICS countries – Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa. This book addresses an aspect that is normally absent from the discussion: the relation between innovation and inequality in the BRICS economies.

Innovation can affect inequalities in different ways and through distinct trails that are influenced by national conditions, and shaped by public policy interventions. Although innovation does not constitute the main factor of influence on inequality, it is suggested that distinct strategies for technological change may lead to different outcomes in distributive terms, thus either aggravating or mitigating inequality.

The book argues that inequalities (assets, access to basic services, infrastructure, knowledge, race, gender, ethnicity, and geographic location) that go beyond the aspects of income, must be factored into development strategies since the benefits of innovation are not distributed equally.

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