Cape Town, South Africa
Alan Hirsch was born in Cape Town and educated at UCT, Wits and Columbia.
Taught at UCT, joined the SA Department of Trade and Industry in 1995, from 2002 to 2012 he managed economic policy in the South African Presidency.
He serves on the Board of the European Centre for Development Policy Management and on President Ramaphosa’s Economic Advisory Council.
He was visiting scholar at the Harvard Business School, regular visiting professor at Maastricht University, IGC research director in Zambia, OECD Inclusive Growth Advisory Panel-member, on the International Advisory Board of the New Development Bank, Bradlow Fellow at the SA Institute for International Affairs and was a Fellow of the Oxford Martin School, Oxford University. His work includes Season of Hope: Economic Reform under Mandela and Mbeki and The Oxford Companion to South African Economics. He is also a Research Associate at SOAS, University of London.
- Hirsch, A. (2021). The African Union’s Free Movement of Persons Protocol: Why has it faltered and how can its objectives be achieved? South African Journal of International Affairs, 28(4), 497-517. DOI: 10.1080/10220461.2021.2007788
- Hirsch, A. (2020). Fatal embrace: How relations between business and government help to explain South Africa’s low-growth equilibrium. South African Journal of International Affairs, 27(4), 473-492. https://doi.org/10.1080/10220461.2020.1856180
- Hirsch, A., & Lopes, C. (2020). Post-colonial African Economic Development in Historical Perspective. Africa Development / Afrique et Développement, 45(1), 31–46. https://www.jstor.org/stable/26936563
- Hirsch, A. (Forthcoming). Industrial transformation, regional integration and the African political economy. In B. Baloyi, S. Mohamed, & A. Ngoma (Eds.), Evolution of the Structure of the South African Economy. Johannesburg: Mistra.
- Hirsch, A. (2022). The Role of SOEs in Development in South Africa. In G. Mills, M. Jonas, H. Bhorat, & R. Hartley (Eds.), Better Choices: Ensuring South Africa’s Future (Chapter 11). Johannesburg: Picador Africa. Brenthurst Foundation. Retrieved from https://nsi.org.za/publications/the-role-of-state-owned-enterprises-in-development-in-south-africa/
- Hirsch, A., Levy, B., & Nxele, M. (2021). Politics and Economic Policymaking in South Africa since 1994. In A. Oqubay, F. Tregenna, & I. Valodia (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of the South African Economy (Online ed.). Oxford Academic. https://doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780192894199.013.4
- Hirsch, A., Chilenga-Butao, T., & Belvedere, F. (2022). Policy in the Time of Pandemic: Social Transfers in South Africa during the Coronavirus National Lockdown, May – October 2020 (Case Study). UNU-WIDER, Helsinki. Retrieved from https://www.wider.unu.edu/sites/default/files/Publications/Report/PDF/case-study-policy-in-the-time-of-pandemic-South-Africa.pdf
- Hirsch, A., & Amadi, V. (2022). Can Africa accelerate initiatives towards the freer movement of Africans in Africa? In F. Mangeni & J. Atta-Mensah (Eds.), Existential Priorities for the African Continental Free Trade Area (pp. 117-127). United Nations Economic Commission for Africa. Retrieved from https://nsi.org.za/publications/can-africa-accelerate-initiatives-towards-the-freer-movement-of-africans-in-africa/
- Hirsch, A. (2021). A strategic consideration of the African Union Free Movement of Persons Protocol and other initiatives towards the freer movement of people in Africa (Working Paper). SAIIA Programme: Economic Diplomacy. Retrieved from https://saiia.org.za/research/a-strategic-consideration-of-the-african-union-free-movement-of-persons-protocol-and-other-initiatives-towards-the-freer-movement-of-people-in-africa/
- Levy, B., Hirsch, A., Naidoo, V., & Nxele, M. (2021). South Africa: When Strong Institutions and Massive Inequalities Collide (Paper). Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Retrieved from https://carnegieendowment.org/2021/03/18/south-africa-when-strong-institutions-and-massive-inequalities-collide-pub-84063
- Hirsch, A., & Levy, B. (2018, October). Elaborate scaffolding, weak foundations: Business–government relations and economic reform in democratic South Africa (ESID Working Paper 105). University of Manchester. Retrieved from effective-states.org/wp-content/uploads/working_papers/final-pdfs/esid_wp_105_hirsch_levy.pdf
- Hirsch, A., & Cornell, V. (2016). African Economic Integration Report. Building Bridges Programme, Graduate School of Development Policy and Practice, University of Cape Town. Retrieved from https://nsi.org.za/wp-content/uploads/2022/12/BB_Thematic_Report_final_lowres.pdf
- Lopes, C., & Hirsch, A. (2020, September 28). African narratives vs. African development strategy. OECD Development Matters [Blog post]. Retrieved from https://oecd-development-matters.org/2020/09/28/african-narratives-vs-african-development-strategy/
- Hirsch, A. (2020, April 28). South Africa—can its achievement in containing COVID-19 lead to sustained success in dealing with the crisis? OECD Development Matters [Blog post]. Retrieved from https://oecd-development-matters.org/2020/04/28/south-africa-can-its-achievement-in-containing-covid-19-lead-to-sustained-success-in-dealing-with-the-crisis/
- Hirsch, A. (2023, January 19). Free movement of people across Africa: regions are showing how it can work. The Conversation. Retrieved from https://theconversation.com/free-movement-of-people-across-africa-regions-are-showing-how-it-can-work-197199
- Hirsch, A. (2022, October 03). Migration policy in South Africa — how should we be thinking about it? Daily Maverick. Retrieved from https://www.dailymaverick.co.za/article/2022-10-03-migration-policy-in-south-africa-how-should-we-be-thinking-about-it/
- Hirsch, A. (2022, January 31). For the first time since the global financial crisis, South Africa has an opportunity to master its economic fate. Daily Maverick. Retrieved from https://www.dailymaverick.co.za/opinionista/2022-01-31-for-the-first-time-since-the-global-financial-crisis-south-africa-has-an-opportunity-to-master-its-economic-fate/
- Hirsch, A. (2022, January 16). African countries are stuck on the free movement of people. How to break the logjam. The Conversation. Retrieved from https://theconversation.com/african-countries-are-stuck-on-the-free-movement-of-people-how-to-break-the-logjam-174720
- Hirsch, A. (2019, May 17). South Africa has a new presidential advisory unit. Will it improve policy? The Conversation. Retrieved from https://theconversation.com/south-africa-has-a-new-presidential-advisory-unit-will-it-improve-policy-117128
- Hirsch, A. (2018, October 29). Did South Africa’s Investment Summit mark a Game-Changing moment? The Conversation. Retrieved from https://theconversation.com/did-south-africas-investment-summit-mark-a-game-changing-moment-105862
- Hirsch, A. (2018, October 11). South Africa won’t create jobs unless it settles on a new social compact. The Conversation. Retrieved from https://theconversation.com/south-africa-wont-create-jobs-unless-it-settles-on-a-new-social-compact-104591
- Hirsch, A. (2018, July 30). The free movement of people is an AU ambition: what’s standing in its way. The Conversation. Retrieved from https://theconversation.com/the-free-movement-of-people-is-an-au-ambition-whats-standing-in-its-way-100409
- Hirsch, A. (2018, July 11). How young activists are keeping Mandela’s legacy alive across Africa. The Conversation. Retrieved from https://theconversation.com/how-young-activists-are-keeping-mandelas-legacy-alive-across-africa-99235
- Hirsch, A. (2018, April 5). Ramaphosa’s economic to-do list: Seven economic policy areas that will shift the dial. The Conversation. Retrieved from https://theconversation.com/ramaphosas-to-do-list-seven-economic-policy-areas-that-will-shift-the-dial-94352
- Hirsch, A. (2017, June 20). Pursuing a 30-year old bailout is sending South Africa on a wild goose chase. The Conversation. Retrieved from https://theconversation.com/pursuing-a-30-year-old-bailout-is-sending-south-africa-on-a-wild-goose-chase-79792
- Naik, N., Hirsch, A., & Rossouw, J. (2017, May 16). South Africa’s Reserve Bank is in the eye of a storm. Academics quiz the governor. The Conversation. Retrieved from https://theconversation.com/south-africas-reserve-bank-is-in-the-eye-of-a-storm-academics-quiz-the-governor-76535
- Hirsch, A. (2017, January 8). Africa is poised for sustainable growth and development. But there are risks. The Conversation. Retrieved from https://theconversation.com/africa-is-poised-for-sustainable-growth-and-development-but-there-are-risks-70869
- Hirsch, A. (2016, October 12). Why South Africa faces a train smash if its finance minister is removed. The Conversation. Retrieved from https://theconversation.com/why-south-africa-faces-a-train-smash-if-its-finance-minister-is-removed-66953
- Hirsch, A. (2016, February 25). South Africa’s budget promises will require buckets of political capital. The Conversation. Retrieved from https://theconversation.com/south-africas-budget-promises-will-require-buckets-of-political-capital-55395
- Hirsch, A. (2015, December 23). How compromises and mistakes made in the Mandela era hobbled South Africa’s economy. The Conversation. Retrieved from https://theconversation.com/how-compromises-and-mistakes-made-in-the-mandela-era-hobbled-south-africas-economy-52156
- Hirsch, A. (2015, December 10). The removal of South Africa’s finance minister is bad news for the country. The Conversation. Retrieved from https://theconversation.com/the-removal-of-south-africas-finance-minister-is-bad-news-for-the-country-52170
- Hirsch, A., & Levy, B. (2015, May 28). The missing middle of South Africa’s economic ladder threatens stability. The Conversation. Retrieved from https://theconversation.com/the-missing-middle-of-south-africas-economic-ladder-threatens-stability-42020