Haroon Bhorat, Professor of Economics and Director of the Development Policy Research Unit at the University of Cape Town in South Africa, will deliver a lecture on the nature and size of inequality, the changes in inequality, and the drivers of inequality in the African context. Africa's poverty challenge is well-known and widely researched with approximately a third of the world's poor living in Africa. More recently, evidence has suggested that inequality may indeed be a more significant challenge in Africa than in other regions of the developing world. High levels of poverty and inequality persist in Africa in spite of it being one of the fastest growing regions in the last decade.
In collaboration with the SIPA Pan-African Network.
Haroon Bhorat is Professor of Economics and Director of the Development Policy Research Unit (DPRU) at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. His research interests cover labour economics, poverty and income distribution. He has co-authored two books on labour market and poverty issues in South Africa, and has published more than 150 academic journal articles, book chapters and working papers. He recently co-edited The Oxford Companion to the Economics of South Africa (with Alan Hirsch, Ravi Kanbur and Mthuli Ncube). Professor Bhorat has his Ph.D. in Economics from Stellenbosch University in South Africa. He studied at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and was a Cornell University research fellow.