Safia Khan


Expertise: Poverty and Inequality, Labour Markets, Policy, Development

Safia is a researcher at the Development Policy Research Unit. She has two Master’s degrees in Economics (MCom - University of Cape Town), and Econometrics and Mathematical Economics (MSc - Tilburg University, Netherlands) respectively.  Her area of interest surrounds labour markets, gender equality, and poverty reduction in African economies with a pro-poor, pro-development focus. Central to her work is policy and regulatory applicability. She is passionate about quantitative modelling as a tool used for evidence-based policy.

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Latest Research:

1.    Khan. S, Chair. C, & Deen-Swarray, S. (2015). Taking the Microscope to ICT Gender Gaps in Sub-Saharan Africa. Communications Policy Research South Conference, Zanzibar, August 2016 

2.    Khan. S, Rooney. C, Lilenstein. L, and Oosthuizen. M (2016). Correlates of ICTs and employment in Sub-Saharan Africa. World Bank New Jobs for Development Conference, Washington DC, November 2016.

3.    ‘2016: Rise of the living dead - SA’s mobile operators wake up as 2020 draws closer.’ – Policy brief on South Africa’s Mobile market, July 2016

4.    ‘Rise of the underdogs - South Africa’s smaller operators increase contract values.’ – Policy brief Policy brief on South Africa’s mobile market, March 2016

5.    ‘Are recent postpaid price increases by SA operators justifiable?’ – Policy brief on South Arica’s mobile market, May 2015