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Just published: Oxford Handbook of the South African Economy
Fri, 17 Dec 2021 - 11:30

Oxford University Press recently published The Oxford Handbook of the South African Economy, edited by Arkebe Oqubay, Fiona Tregenna and Imraan Volodia, featuring a chapter authored by Prof Haroon Bhorat, Ben Stanwix and Amy Thornton, discussing "Changing Dynamics in the South African Labour Market".

Applications open: Junior Research Fellowships
Thu, 07 Oct 2021 - 11:30

The DPRU is pleased to invite applications from suitably qualified and experienced persons for Junior Research Fellows. The successful candidates will be involved in original empirical research, data analysis, report writing, and publishing.

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SDGs Africa Summit 2021: Poverty and inequality
Mon, 20 Sep 2021 - 11:30

Prof Haroon Bhorat, DPRU Director, co-hosted Thematic track 7: Poverty and inequality Poverty, inequality and growth in Africa after 2021: How can we do better? at the the International Summit on the SDGs in Africa 2021.

APPLY NOW: Bursaries for Honours 2022
Thu, 16 Sep 2021 - 11:30

NRF Call for HONOURS 2022 Bursary Applicants: South African citizens can apply for Honours post-graduate bursaries broadly within the fields of poverty, inequality, and labour markets, with Prof Haroon Bhorat, Director of the DPRU. 

5th Annual IZA/World Bank/NJD/UNU-WIDER Jobs and Development Conference: Better Jobs for Development 2021
Wed, 18 Aug 2021 - 11:30

The 2021 JOBS & DEVELOPMENT CONFERENCE will take place on September 1-3, 2021. In light of the health safety recommendations and uncertainty pertaining to international travel, the conference will be virtual. Registration for the general public is now open.

Just Published: Can cash transfers aid labour market recovery? Evidence from South Africa’s special COVID-19 grant
Wed, 23 Jun 2021 - 12:00

Our latest working paper, "Can cash transfers aid labour market recovery? Evidence from South Africa’s special COVID-19 grant", authored by Prof. Haroon Bhorat and Tim Köhler, provides a quantitative, descriptive analysis on COVID-19 grant receipt as well as causal estimates of the receipt of the grant on labour market participation by adopting a quasi-experimental econometric approach.

RFP: Best Practice Masterplan Development and Implementation Framework
Tue, 22 Jun 2021 - 12:00

We are inviting qualified and experienced research organisations, policy practitioners and research specialists, preferably those who have been involved in sectoral masterplan development under the Department of Trade, Industry and Competition (the dtic) or a related Department, to submit proposals to facilitate and develop a delivery model and toolkit for the development and implementation of masterplans.

APPLY NOW: Postdoctoral Research Fellow (PDRF)
Tue, 16 Mar 2021 - 12:00

Deadline extended: The DPRU is seeking a Postdoctoral Research Fellow (PDRF) to grow their research expertise, generate valuable research outputs and produce peer-reviewed publications.

RFP: Facilitation and Development of Cannabis Masterplan
Thu, 04 Feb 2021 - 14:00

The Economic Research and Coordination unit of the dtic is inviting qualified and experienced research organisations, policy practitioners and research specialists to submit proposals to facilitate and develop the Cannabis Master Plan.

#GAP webinar featuring Prof Haroon Bhorat: 16 Oct 2020
Fri, 16 Oct 2020 - 12:00

Prof. Haroon Bhorat, DPRU Director, recently presented at the "Lockdown Economics: Will the Economic Recovery Plan Work?" webinar, hosted by The Brenthurst Foundation and the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung. 

Just Published: Social Assistance Amidst the Covid-19 Epidemic in South Africa: An Impact Assessment
Tue, 11 Aug 2020 - 12:00

Authored by Haroon Bhorat, Morné Oosthuizen and Ben Stanwix, this new DPRU working paper emphasises that social assistance to mitigate the consequences of Covid-19 should not be viewed necessarily as a standard poverty reduction exercise, but rather as an attempt to mitigate Covid-related income shocks for the vulnerable who were most negatively affected by the pandemic.

Prof Ravi Kanbur: TB Davie Memoral Lecture 2020
Thu, 06 Aug 2020 - 12:00

Prof. Ravi Kanbur presented a memorable TB Davie Memorial Lecture yesterday, on ‘Economic Inequality and Academic Freedom’. Nominated to be this year's speaker by Prof. Haroon Bhorat, DPRU Director, Ravi (who is a long-time research collaborator of the Unit, and a prolific co-author too), focused on the role of economic resources in determining opportunities in academic education and research, i.e. freedom in the positive sense.