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James Hodge


James Hodge

Chief Economist, Economic Research Bureau and Acting Deputy Commissioner


James Hodge joins the Commission from Genesis Analytics where he has been the managing partner of the Competition and Regulatory Economics (CRE) practice since 2005.

Prior to that he was a senior lecturer and postgraduate convener at the University of Cape Town’s School of Economics, as well as a senior researcher at UCT’s Development Policy Research Unit. His research and teaching was in the areas of industrial organisation, regulation and international trade.

He has a huge depth of experience, having provided expert economic advice and reports in hundreds of cases across the full spectrum of economic sectors and in a number of Southern and East African jurisdictions.

As an expert witness, Hodge has prevailed in a numerous precedent-setting cases in the areas of abuse of dominance and public interest in merger control. These include the far-reaching Commission settlement agreement with Telkom that led to the wholesale separation of Openserve and the extension of public interest to affected suppliers in the Walmart-Massmart merger.

Hodge is considered a leading expert in sector-specific regulation. He has advised regulators and regulated firms alike on key economic issues shaping the oversight of important sectors of the economy