Development Policy Research Unit (DPRU)

The Development Policy Research Unit is a University-recognized research unit located within the School of Economics at the University of Cape Town. The DPRU specialises in socio-economic research with a core focus on the areas of labour markets, poverty and inequality. Through the application of economic and statistical techniques, our aim is to produce academically credible and rigorous policy analysis.

Latest publications

Socio-Economic Determinants of Crime in South Africa: an Empirical Assessment

The Seychelles Labor Market

The Role of Informal Urban Settlements in Upward Mobility

Vulnerability in Employment: Evidence from South Africa

The South African Township Economy and Informal Micro - Enterprises : What are the Prospects for Youth Employment and Entrepreneurship?

Investigating the Feasibility of a National Minimum Wage for South Africa

Informality and Inclusive Growth in Sub Saharan Africa

Can Africa Compete with China in Manufacturing? The Role of Relative Unit Labor Costs

Labour and Unemployment in South Africa: Notes Towards a “Grand Bargain”

Minimum Wages in Sub-Saharan Africa: A Primer

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