University of Cape Town, South Africa, IZA, Germany, and Brookings Institution, USA
IZA World of Labor role
Professor of Economics and Director, Development Policy Research Unit, University of Cape Town, South Africa
Labour economics, poverty, income distribution, inclusive growth, and minimum wages
Positions/functions as a policy advisor
Served as an economic advisor to Presidents Thabo Mbeki and Kgalema Motlanthe, formally serving on the Presidential Economic Advisory Panel; Advisor to the Minister of Finance; National Research Chair under the theme of Economic Growth, Poverty and Inequality: Exploring the Interactions for South Africa; Non-resident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution affiliated to the Global Economy and Development Program, and the Africa Growth Initiative (AGI); member of the UN Commission on Legal Empowerment of the Poor (LEP); Head of Research for the UN’s High-Level Panel on the Post-2015 Development Agenda
Professor of Economics, School of Economics, University of Cape Town, South Africa; Director, Development Policy Research Unit, University of Cape Town, South Africa
PhD Economics, Stellenbosch University, 2003
“Estimating the impact of minimum wages on employment, wages, and non-wage benefits: The case of agriculture in South Africa.” American Journal of Agricultural Economics (2014) (with R. Kanbur and B. Stanwix).
“A note on measuring the depth of minimum wage violation.” Labour: Review of Labour Economics and Industrial Relations 27:2 (2013): 192–197 (with R. Kanbur and N. Mayet).
“The gender wage gap in post-apartheid South Africa: A re-examination.” Journal of African Economies 22:2 (2013) (with S. Goga).
“Determinants of Grade 12 pass rates in the post-apartheid South African schooling system.” Journal of African Economies 18:4 (2008): 634–666 (with M. Oosthuizen).
Institutional, individual, firm, and local labor market characteristics are critical for understanding non-compliance with minimum wage lawsHaroon Bhorat, August 2014The level of compliance with minimum wage laws often depends on factors specific to each labor market. In most developing countries, a substantial share of workers still earns less than the legal minimum. Enforcement has not kept up with growth in regulations to protect workers from low wages and poor working conditions. Several institutional structures shape enforcement, including the role of labor inspectors and approaches to compliance, and these and other variables can be analyzed to explore their effects on the level of minimum wage violations.MoreLess