Welcome to the Centre for Competition, Regulation and Economic Development


CCRED delivers high-quality, action-oriented research that will assist in the transformation and development of not only South Africa, but African countries more widely. The Centre’s ambition supports that of the University of Johannesburg’s vision to become an international university of choice, anchored in Africa, dynamically shaping the future.

CCRED is a leading university research group established as a locus of knowledge and information on competition, regulation and economic development.

Read more 

Industrial Development Think Tank (IDTT) 

The IDTT was established in 2017 as a collaboration between the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) and the University of Johannesburg (UJ). This research progamme examines structural transformation in the South African economy.

Read more

Download the IDTT's report Structural transformation in South Africa: Moving towards a smart, open economy for all

Click here to view current IDTT research on a Digital Industrial Policy Framework for South Africa.


Research Themes

Industrial Development

Understanding firm decision-making is central to industrial development in geographic agglomerations and sectors. Firm and industry studies provide insight into how these decisions are made which is critical to understanding the impact that policy and regulatory decisions will have on the sector and economy.

Research Projects:

Industrial Development Think Tank (IDTT)

Industrial Development Research Programme (IDRP)

Local Industrial Development 

Competition & Barriers to Entry

Barriers to entry, by creating and reinforcing the market power of large firms, tend to lead to higher prices, lower levels of innovation and a less competitive economy. In a country like South Africa where there are significant challenges of unemployment, poverty and inequality, it is critical to understand the nature and extent of barriers to entry in the economy, in order to ensure that regulatory and policy interventions have a meaningful impact on creating inclusive and shared growth.

Research Projects:

Barriers to Entry (BTE)


Regional Value Chains

Countries in the southern African region face challenges when it comes to the transformation of their economies, the need for job creation and the sharing of the benefits of growth. The potential to build economic hubs and clusters to realise agglomeration economies further work to develop competitiveness along regional value chains.

Research Projects:

African Industrial Development and Integration Research Project (AIDIRP)

Regional Growth and Development in southern Africa