About Us

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. The Centre is currently running a Regulatory Entities Capacity Building Project. CCRED is headed by Professor Simon Roberts and includes a number of lecturers and associates who are experienced competition economists working in academia, for the competition authorities, and for leading consultancies.

Since the South African Competition Act came into force in 1999 the field of competition economics has expanded rapidly to be a major area of applied economic analysis and competition cases often turn on the testimony of expert economists. Competition economics is a fundamental issue in understanding and analysing regulation and economic development in an economy; hence the expansion in the study and research of these areas. However, the development of competition economics along with regulatory expertise in South African universities has lagged the needs in terms of both teaching and research.

In the area of teaching, associates of CCRED offer a dedicated competition economics Masters elective, teach components of postgraduate microeconomics courses, and supervise dissertations in the area of competition economics. Short courses are also offered, facilitated by both local and international practitioners and academics.

In research, CCRED provides a base for various research activities including running a working paper series, designed to be a central location for research output in the field in South Africa. 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.

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.