The DPRU is currently engaged in a variety of interesting and diverse projects and studies. Our research programme has recently been able to enter new terrain, principally through the availability of unique or new datasets. Be it the data on recipients of unemployment insurance, or dispute resolution, or even strikes, these novel datasets have opened up an entirely new and rich set of economic and econometric questions, which were not previously possible.
Labour Market Intelligence Partnership Project (LMIP)
The DPRU is involved in the sector studies included in Theme 3: such as skills biased labour demand, the New Growth Path, SETA Labour Markets, the Informal Sector and Human Capital Accumulation and Pro-poor Growth.
Research Project on Employment, Income Distribution and Inclusive Growth (REDI 3x3)
The DPRU is responsible for the Inclusive Growth theme, and we are involved in an infrastructure data project (related to the income and expenditure surveys), and papers covering the informal economy, and risk mitigation through micro-insurance, asset poverty and other gaps in current research.
Understanding the African Lions: Growth Traps and Opportunities in Six African Economies
The "African Lions" research project examined the economic growth and development experiences of six key fast-growing or economically dominant African countries, to better understand the relationship between economic growth and employment outcomes at the detailed country level.
The Counting Women’s Work (CWW) project is a three-year research project (2014-2016) involving research teams from around the world, with the goal of bringing the economic lives of women and girls into view in a more comprehensive manner than ever before. Our work will provide data and analysis to help develop better policies around economic development, care for children and the elderly, investments in human capital, and gender equity in the workplace and the home.
Funder: The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and the International Development Research Centre
The paucity of LIC labour market data, its varying quality, and the lack of baseline information makes it essential to provide a broad descriptive and basic econometric overview of a sample of LIC labour markets in sub-Saharan Africa. Specifically, we are developing a series of papers that focus on a sample of four African LICs: Kenya, Uganda, Zambia and Tanzania, describing and profiling their labour market in a systematic and consistent way.
Development Policy Research Unit (DPRU)
University of Cape Town
Private Bag X3
Tel: +27 (0)21 650 5022
Our Latest Publications
Investigating the Feasibility of a National Minimum Wage for South Africaview
World Bank Research Observer: Minimum Wages in Sub-Saharan Africa: A Primerview