The Southern Africa Labour and Development Research Unit (SALDRU) was founded in 1975, and is based in the School of Economics at the University of Cape Town. The unit carries out research and capacity building in applied empirical microeconomics with an emphasis on poverty and inequality, labour markets, human capital and social policy. We strive for academic excellence and policy relevance. 


SALDRU has implemented a range of innovative surveys in South Africa including the Project for Statistics on Living Standards and Development (PSLSD), Cape Area Panel Study (CAPS) and the National Income Dynamics Study (NIDS), among others. Building on these large data gathering projects, we conduct a range of training and capacity building activities in the use of survey data to analyse social well-being.  


We have twenty one full-time research staffand eighteen research associates who share common research interests, and are drawn from the UCT School of Economics, as well as thirty affiliates from other South African and international universities.


openSALDRU is our publications repository. It catalogues all of SALDRU’s research, including more than 150 working papers, conference proceedings, policy briefs and metadata and links for journal articles.

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