Welcome to the website of the Economic Society of South Africa

The Society was established in 1925 and is a discussion forum for economists in academic life, government and business. It has a history of membership from Cabinet Ministers, Governors of the Reserve Bank, Chief Executives of Companies, Directors-General of Government Departments, Academic Leaders and prominent Economists.

Become a member

The total membership of the society is approximately 900. Nine regional branches and two foreign branches have been establishes across South Africa. Any person interested in the objectives of the Society may at the discretion of the Council, be enrolled as a member.

Prizes and Awards

Middleton Award

The Economic Society of South Africa (ESSA) annually makes the J.J.I. Middleton award for an article published in the South African Journal of Economics (SAJE).

Conference Student prizes

This prize is awarded at the Gala Dinner for the best Student Paper written and delivered at the Conference.