Haroon Bhorat


Haroon Bhorat is Professor of Economics and Director of the Development Policy Research Unit (DPRU) at the University of Cape Town, South Africa.

His research interests cover labour economics, poverty and income distribution. He has co-authored two books on labour market and poverty issues in South Africa, and has published more than 150 academic journal articles, book chapters and working papers.

Prof Bhorat has his PhD in Economics through Stellenbosch University in South Africa. He studied at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and was a Cornell University research fellow.

Prof Bhorat holds the highly prestigious National Research Chair under the theme of Economic Growth, Poverty and Inequality: Exploring the Interactions for South Africa.

He is a Non-resident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution affiliated to the Global Economy and Development Program, and the Africa Growth Initiative (AGI), and a Research Fellow at IZA, the Institute for the Study of Labour in Bonn. Prof Bhorat consults with international organizations such as the ILO, the UNDP, the World Bank, Ratings Agencies and emerging market fund managers.  He was a member of the UN Commission on Legal Empowerment of the Poor (LEP), and Head of Research for the UN’s High-Level Panel on the Post-2015 Development Agenda.

Professor Bhorat has undertaken extensive work for several South African government departments – most notably the South African Department of Labour, the Presidency and the National Treasury.  He is a Director on the Board of the Western Cape Tourism, Trade and Investment Promotion Agency (WESGRO), is a member of the Statistics Council, Statistics South Africa, and sits on the South African Journal of Economics Editorial Board.

He has served on a number of government research advisory panels, and was an economic advisor to the former Minister of Finance, and former Presidents Thabo Mbeki and Kgalema Motlanthe, formally serving on the Presidential Economic Advisory Panel. 

Works by this author

Can Cash Transfers Aid Labour Market Recovery? Evidence from South Africa's Special COVID-19 Grant

COVID-19 and the Labour Market: Estimating the Employment Effects of South Africa's National Lockdown

The Potential Employment Implications of the Fourth Industrial Revolution Technologies: The Case of the Manufacturing, Engineering and Related Services Sector

Understanding Economic Complexity: An Application to the MER Sector

The Impact of the National Minimum Wage in South Africa: Early Quantitative Evidence

Employment Creation Potential, Labor Skills Requirements, and Skill Gaps for Young People: A South African Case Study

South Africa's Special COVID-19 Grant: A Brief Assessment of Coverage and Expenditure Dynamics

Social Assistance Amidst the Covid-19 Epidemic in South Africa: An Impact Assessment

COVID-19, Social Protection and the Labour Market in South Africa: Are Social Grants being Targeted at the most Vulnerable?

Social Assistance during South Africa's National Lockdown: Examining the COVID-19 Grant, Changes to the Child Support Grant, and Post-October Policy Options

The Employment Tax Incentive Scheme in South Africa: An Impact Assessment

The Economics of COVID-19 in South Africa: Early Impressions

Jobs and COVID-19: Measuring Work-Related Physical Interaction

Crime And Inequality In South Africa: Non-Linear Outcomes Under Extreme Inequality

Measuring Multidimensional Labour Law Violation with an Application to South Africa

Employment Creation Potential, Labor Skills Requirements, and Skill Gaps for Young People: A Methodological Framework

Building Economic Complexity in the South African Fibrous Plant Economy

Minimum Wages and Labor Supply in an Emerging Market: the Case of Mauritius

Understanding and Characterizing the Services Sector in South Africa: An Overview

SMMEs in South Africa: Understanding the Constraints on Growth and Performance

Structural Change and Patterns of Inequality in the South African Labour Market

The Seychelles Labor Market

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

Increasing Employment Opportunities: Navigating Africa’s Complex Job Market

Vulnerability in Employment: Evidence from South Africa

Demographic Employment and Wage Trends in South Africa

Youth Employment Challenges in Zambia A Statistical Profile, Current Policy Frameworks and Existing Interventions

Minimum Wages in Sub-Saharan Africa: A Primer

Do Industrial Disputes Reduce Employment? Evidence from South Africa

Economic Policy in South Africa, Past Present and Future

Minimum Wage Enforcement in the Developing World

Employment Outcomes and Returns to Earnings in Post Apartheid South Africa

Africa's Job Challenge

Student Graduation, Labour Market Destinations and Employment Earnings

The Impact of Sectoral Minimum Wage Laws on Employment, Wages and Hours of Work in South Africa

Poverty, Inequality and the Nature of Economic Growth in South Africa

Do Industrial Disputes Reduce Employment? Evidence from South Africa

The Labour Market in Post-Apartheid South Africa:A Brief Overview

Poverty and Labour Market Markers of HIV+ Households: An Exploratory Methodological Analysis

Labour Reform in South Africa: Measuring Regulation and a Synthesis of Policy Suggestions

Estimating the Impact of Minimum Wages on Employment, Wages and Non-Wage Benefits: The Case of Agriculture in South Africa

The Post-Apartheid South African Labour Market

Growth, Employment Creation and Poverty Reduction: An Overview Evidence and Possible Applications to Africa

Labour Reform in South Africa: Measuring Regulation and a Synthesis of Policy Suggestions

Analysing Wage Formation in the South African Labour Market: The Role of Bargaining Councils

Understanding the Efficiency and Effectiveness of the Dispute Resolution System in South Africa: An Analysis of CCMA Data

A Synthesis of Current Issues in the Labour Regulatory Environment

Income and Non-Income Inequality in Post-Apartheid South Africa: What are the Drivers and Possible Policy Interventions?

Welfare Shifts In The Post Apartheid South Africa: A Comprehensive Measurement of Changes

Poverty and Well-being in Post-Apartheid South Africa: An Overview of Data, Outcomes and Policy

Poverty, Inequality and Labour Markets in Africa: A Descriptive Overview