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 and 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 widely in academic journals. 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 economic advisor to the Minister of Finance.
Selected Recent Research:
- A Note on Measuring the Depth of Minimum Wage Violation. Labour. Volume 27, Issue 2, pages 192–197, April 2013. (Co-authored with Kanbur, R., and Mayet, N.)
- A Note on Measuring the Depth of Minimum Wage Violation, Cornell University Working Paper. Forthcoming 2013 in Labour: Review of Labour Economics and Industrial Relations. (Co-authored with Kanbur, R., and Mayet, N.)
Available from: http://dyson.cornell.edu/research/researchpdf/wp/2011/Cornell-Dyson-wp1103.pdf.
- The Gender Wage Gap in Post-Apartheid South Africa: A Re-examination. Journal of African Economies. Volume 22 Issue 2, March 2013. (Co-authored with Goga, S.)
- The Impact of Sectoral Minimum Wage Laws on Employment, Wages, and Hours of Work in South Africa. IZA Journal of Labor and Development, 2(1) January 2013. (Co-authored with Kanbur, R. and Mayet, N.)
Available from http://www.izajold.com/content/2/1/1/abstract.
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- Poverty and Policy in Post- Apartheid SA. HSRC Press. 2006. (Co-edited with Kanbur, R.)
- Fighting poverty – Labour Markets and Inequality in South Africa. 2001. Cape Town: UCT Press. (Co-authored with Leibbrandt, M., Maziya, M., Van der Berg, S., Woolard, I.)
Chapters in books
- Labour Demand Trends, Inequality and Social Protection in South Africa. An Overview. In: Aligning economic and social goals in emerging economies. 2013. Academic Foundation. Chapter 5, page 121-158 (Co-authored with Mayet N., and Van Der Westhuizen C.)
- A Nation in search of jobs: Challenges in Employment creation in the South African labour market and policy suggestions. In: State of the Nation South Africa 2012-2013. HSRC Press 2013 (Co-authored with Mayet M.) Chapter 9, pp. 273-300
- An Emerging Market in an Emerging Continent: The Case of South Africa. In: Oxford Companion to the Economics of Africa. Oxford University Press, January 2012, pp. 576-583
- DPRU working paper in partnership with the Brookings – Africa Growth Initiative. Unemployment Insurance in South Africa: A Descriptive Overview of Claimants and Claims (Co-authored with Goga, S., and Tseng, D.) - http://www.brookings.edu/research/papers/2013/04/unemployment-insurance-in-south-africa
- DPRU's first working paper in partnership with the Brookings - Africa Growth Initiative "Do Industrial Disputes Reduce Employment? Evidence from South Africa" (Co-authored with Jacobs, E., and Van Der Westhuizen C.) - http://www.brookings.edu/research/papers/2013/02/industrial-employment-south-africa
- WP 12/154 - The Impact of Sectoral Minimum Wage Laws on Employment, Wages and Hours of Work in South Africa (Co-authored by Kanbur, R. and Mayet, N.) - http://www.dpru.uct.ac.za/?q=node/307
- WP 12/153 - Student Graduation, Labour Market Destinations and Employment Earnings (Co-authored by Mayet, N. and Visser, M.) - http://www.dpru.uct.ac.za/?q=node/306
- WP 12/152 - Employment Outcomes and Returns to Earnings in Post-Apartheid South Africa (Co-authored by Mayet, N.) - http://www.dpru.uct.ac.za/?q=node/305
- WP 12/151 - Poverty, Inequality and the Nature of Economic Growth in South Africa (Co-authored by Van Der Westhuizen, C.) - http://www.dpru.uct.ac.za/?q=node/304
- WP 12/150 - A Nation in Search of Jobs: Six Possible Policy Suggestions for Employment Creation in South Africa - http://www.dpru.uct.ac.za/?q=node/278
- WP 12/149 - Estimating the Impact of Minimum Wages on Employment, Wages and Non-wage Benefits: The Case of Agriculture in South Africa (Co-authored by Kanbur, R. and Stanwix, B.) - http://www.dpru.uct.ac.za/?q=node/277
- WP 12/148 - The Gender Wage Gap in the Post-apartheid South African Labour Market (Co-authored by Goga, S.) - http://www.dpru.uct.ac.za/?q=node/276
- WP 12/147 - The Newly Unemployed and the UIF Take-up Rate in the South African Labour Market (Co-authored by Tseng, D.) - http://www.dpru.uct.ac.za/?q=node/275