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Haroon Bhorat is professor of economics and director of the Development Policy Research Unit at the University of Cape Town (UCT). His research interests cover labor economics, poverty, and income distribution. He has co-authored and co-edited a number of books on labor market and poverty issues in Africa. Bhorat has published more than 200 academic journal articles, book chapters, and working papers. His commitments at UCT include lecturing Advanced Labor Economics (Hons), and supervision to Honors, Masters and Ph.d. students.

Bhorat has his Ph.D. in economics through Stellenbosch University in South Africa. He studied at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and was a Cornell University research fellow. He holds the highly prestigious National Research Chair under the theme of Economic Growth, Poverty and Inequality: Exploring the Interactions for South Africa. He was recently appointed by UCT Vice-Chancellor Professor Phakeng as the university’s “SDG academic focal point” to help guide UCT’s strategic approach to engagement with the U.N.’s Sustainable Development Goals. In September 2019, Bhorat was nominated to sit on the Presidential Economic Advisory Council (PEAC), established by President Ramaphosa to generate new ideas for economic growth, job creation and addressing poverty.

Bhorat is a nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution affiliated to the Global Economy and Development Program, and the Africa Growth Initiative (AGI); a research fellow at IZA, the Institute for the Study of Labor in Bonn; and an honorary research fellow at the Human Sciences Council (HSRC). He sits on the editorial advisory board of the World Bank Economic Review, is a board member of the National Research Foundation (NRF), UNU World Institute for Development Economics Research (UNU-WIDER), and sat on the HSRC Board.

For more information, please visit his UCT page.

Haroon Bhorat is professor of economics and director of the Development Policy Research Unit at the University of Cape Town (UCT). His research interests cover labor economics, poverty, and income distribution. He has co-authored and co-edited a number of books on labor market and poverty issues in Africa. Bhorat has published more than 200 academic journal articles, book chapters, and working papers. His commitments at UCT include lecturing Advanced Labor Economics (Hons), and supervision to Honors, Masters and Ph.d. students.

Bhorat has his Ph.D. in economics through Stellenbosch University in South Africa. He studied at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and was a Cornell University research fellow. He holds the highly prestigious National Research Chair under the theme of Economic Growth, Poverty and Inequality: Exploring the Interactions for South Africa. He was recently appointed by UCT Vice-Chancellor Professor Phakeng as the university’s “SDG academic focal point” to help guide UCT’s strategic approach to engagement with the U.N.’s Sustainable Development Goals. In September 2019, Bhorat was nominated to sit on the Presidential Economic Advisory Council (PEAC), established by President Ramaphosa to generate new ideas for economic growth, job creation and addressing poverty.

Bhorat is a nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution affiliated to the Global Economy and Development Program, and the Africa Growth Initiative (AGI); a research fellow at IZA, the Institute for the Study of Labor in Bonn; and an honorary research fellow at the Human Sciences Council (HSRC). He sits on the editorial advisory board of the World Bank Economic Review, is a board member of the National Research Foundation (NRF), UNU World Institute for Development Economics Research (UNU-WIDER), and sat on the HSRC Board.

For more information, please visit his UCT page.

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