Econ3x3 is an independent forum for critical public debate on unemployment and employ-ment, income distri­bution and inclu­sive growth in South Africa. It publishes accessible research- based contribu­tions and expert commentaries. The forum encourages debate on an inte­grated and consistent policy response to unemployment, inequality and poverty and a stronger engagement between research and policy making. We invite contributions from economists and other social science researchers, policymakers and relevant experts.