Researching the fields of labour markets, inequality and poverty
Professional/ Work Experience:
Haroon Bhorat is Professor of Economics, at the University of Cape Town, South Africa.
He is also the Director of the Development Policy Research Unit (DPRU). He has his PhD in Economics through Stellenbosch University in South Africa. His research interests cover the areas of labour economics, poverty and income distribution. He is the current recipient of a highly prestigious national Research Chair under the theme of Economic Growth, Poverty and Inequality: Exploring the Interactions for South Africa.
He has co-authored two books on labour market and poverty issues in South Africa, and has published over 150 academic journal articles, chapters in books and working papers. He has undertaken extensive work for numerous South African government departments, most notably the South African Department of Labour, the Presidency and the National Treasury. He has served on a number of government research advisory panels and consults regularly with international organizations such as the ILO, World Bank and the UNDP. Haroon Bhorat was the Minister of Labour’s appointee on the Employment Conditions Commission (ECC) – the country’s minimum wage setting body.He is currently a member of the Statistics Council of South Africa.
Professor Bhorat served as an economic advisor to Presidents Thabo Mbeki and Kgalema Motlanthe, formally serving on the Presidential Economic Advisory Panel. He is currently an advisor to the Minister of Finance.
Economic Advisor to the South African Minister of Finance •Current recipient of a highly prestigious national Research Chair under the theme of Economic Growth, Poverty and Inequality: Exploring the Interactions for South Africa •Former Economic Advisor to Presidents Thabo Mbeki and Kgalema Motlanthe, formally serving on the Presidential Economic Advisory Panel •Member of the Technical Working Group (TWG) of the Joint Initiative on Priority Skills Acquisition (JIPSA), Office of the Deputy President •Member of the Statistics Council, Statistics South Africa •Member of Editorial Board, South African Journal of Economics •Member of Editorial Board, New Agenda •Ministerial Appointee: Employment Conditions Commission, South African Department of Labour •Member: Expert Working Group 3 , Labour Rights & Legal Empowerment, High Level Commission for Legal Empowerment of the Poor, United Nations •Member and Developing Country Chair: Technical Advisory Group for Multi -Donor Trust Fund for ‘Labour Markets, Job Creation and Economic Growth’, The World Bank
GDN Subject Interests: Impact Evaluation | Monitoring and Analysis | Poverty Reduction | Services and Transfers to the Poor | Poverty and Health | Policy Process | Regulatory and Administrative Law | Trade Policy | Economic Growth | Labour Markets | Labour Standards