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

The Centre for Competition, Regulation and Economic Development (CCRED) in the Faculty of Economic and Financial Sciences was established in 2011 at the University of Johannesburg.

CCRED was initially known as CCE, and was the first of its kind in South Africa. Initially it aimed to meet the needs for improved research and teaching in the rapidly growing area of competition economics. However, the Centre’s scope has broadened to include not only competition economics, but also analysis of economic regulation and economic development.

This led to the Centre changing its name in 2013 to the Centre Competition, Regulation and Economic Development (CCRED) and serves as a research and capacity development centre. The research focus of the Centre is on:

  • Competition & Barriers to entry – The focus of the research in this theme is on understanding the business experience of firm entry, demonstrating successes and failures in areas of economic concentration.
  • Competition, regulation and inclusive growth – This theme focuses on understanding the incentives for rivalry contrasted with extractive efficiency; the role of infrastructure and network industries in industrial development; structural transformation and change; competition and capability development; and industrial policy and inclusive growth.
  • Regional value chains  – The focus of this theme is investigating specific regional value chains, competition and regional integration.
  • Local industrial development - The focus of this theme on studies of firm-level issues to understand economic activity in Johannesburg and Gauteng.

The Centre seeks to establish itself as a locus of knowledge and information on competition, regulation and economic development by publishing its research, hosting information and knowledge exchange platforms, and hostingconferences and seminars in partnership with competition authorities and regulators.

Associates of the Centre have published more than 10 articles in the past two years. The Centre has co-hosted the Annual Competition Law, Economics and Policy Conferences from 2011 to 2013 and undertaken major projects.

The Centre is active in the area of learning and development. It offers a dedicated competition economics Masters elective, teaches components of postgraduate microeconomics courses, and supervises dissertations in the area of competition economics.

Short learning programmes are also offered, facilitated by both local and international practitioners and academics. The Centre is developing a bank of competition and regulation case studies and exercises, and will use this as the basis for developing a textbook on competition and economic regulation.

CCRED is headed by Professor Simon Roberts and includes a number of lecturers and associates who are experienced competition economists working in academia, for competition authorities, and leading consultancies. 

CCRED is guided by a governing board chaired by Professor Lumengo Bonga-Bonga, Head of the Department of Economics and Econometrics at the University of Johannesburg.