Morné Oosthuizen

Deputy Director, DPRU

Morné joined the DPRU in 2002, becoming Senior Researcher later that year. He became Deputy Director in 2006. After graduating cum laude with a B Comm Honours in Economics in 1999, Morné spent a year at the University of Cambridge. He then graduated cum laude from the University of Stellenbosch with an M.Comm in Economics in 2002. He is currently completing his PhD at the University of Cape Town on National Transfer Accounts for South Africa.

Morné has more than fifteen years’ experience in conducting policy research for government, multilateral organisations and donor institutions.

His research interests include intergenerational transfers (National Transfer Accounts), poverty, inequality, and labour markets. He has worked on issues of intergenerational transfers and the demographic dividend in several countries in Southern Africa and is currently coordinator of the multi-country research project, Counting Women’s Work, which aims to value time spent in unpaid services and incorporate it into estimates of production and consumption over the lifecourse.

Latest Research: 

  1. Book Chapter: Capturing South Africa’s demographic dividend. In: H. Bhorat, A. Hirsch, R. Kanbur, and M. Ncube (eds.), Oxford Companion to the Economics of South Africa, Oxford University Press, 2014.
  2. Journal Article: Bonus or Mirage? South Africa’s Demographic Dividend. Journal of the Economics of Ageing. 2014 DOI: 10.1016/j.jeoa.2014.08.007.
  3. Journal Article: Lee, R., Mason, A., and Members of the NTA Network (including Oosthuizen, M.) (2014). Is low fertility really a problem? Population ageing, dependency and consumption. Science 346(6206):229–234. DOI: 10.1126/science.1250542. 10 October 2014.
  4. Working Paper: with Arden Finn, and Murray Leibbrandt (2014) "Poverty, inequality, and prices in post-apartheid
    South Africa
    ", UNU-WIDER WP/2014/127, October 2014.
  5. The South African Generational Economy. Poverty in Focus No 30. International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth, United Nations Development Programme: Brasilia. 2014
  6. Blog with Aalia Cassim: The State of Youth Unemployment in South Africa. [Blog] Africa in Focus. August 2014.
  7. Labour Market Dynamics. DPRU Input Paper as part of the “Western Cape Provincial Economic Review and Outlook 2014”, Western Cape Provincial Treasury, 2014.
  8. Presentation: Counting South African Women’s Work. At the Tenth Meeting of Working Group on Macroeconomic Aspects of Intergenerational Transfer; International Symposium on Demographic Change and Policy Response, Beijing, China, 13–14 November 2014.
  9. Capturing South Africa’s Demographic Dividend. National Transfer Accounts Country Brief: South Africa. East-West Center and the Center for the Economics and Demography of Aging, University of California at Berkeley. March 2013.
  10. The Impact of South Africa’s State Old-age Pension, Poverty in Focus #25. pg 12-14.