Joshua Budlender

I am an Economics PhD Candidate at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and a Research Fellow at the Southern Africa Labour and Development Research Unit (SALDRU) at the University of Cape Town.

My work is in Labour and Development Economics, using Applied Microeconometrics methods. I have a particular interest in exploring the role of firms in the development process and in determining wages and employment.

I have also done economic advisory work on social grant policy for the South African Presidency and National Treasury. Other interests include the economic history and long-run effects of racial discrimination in South Africa, and the developmental impacts of governance failures in South Africa today.