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Professor Dori Posel [ Teaching and Research Staff] Print

Position: National Research Foundation, (SARChI): Chair in Economic Development.
Qualification: PhD (Economics)
Room F216 Memorial Tower Building,
Howard College,
University of KwaZulu-Natal,
South Africa.
Phone: (+27) 31 2602576
Fax: (+27) 31 2602359
E-mail: posel@ukzn.ac.za
The Economics of Language
Labour Migration and Informal Settlements
Indicators of Well-being
Gender and Poverty in South Africa
Marriage Markets and iLobolo in South Africa
Mothers and Motherhood in South Africa
Employment and Unemployment in the South African Labour Market
Biographical sketch: Professor Dori Posel holds an NRF/DST Research Chair (SARChI) in Economic Development. Her areas of specialisation include marriage, migration, labour, household behaviour, subjective indicators of well-being, and household survey design and analysis. She has published widely on research relating to marriage; labour migration and remittance behaviour; changes in labour force participation and employment; the determinants of earnings; and poverty and subjective well-being. Dori holds a Ph.D in Economics from the University of Massachusetts (Amherst). She has been the recipient of numerous research awards and fellowships, including the Vice-Chancellors Research Award in 2005.  
      In 2011, Dori hosted the first  Micro-Econometric Analysis of South African Data (MASA) Conference   which brought together a group of researchers who work on related socio-economic questions using South Africa micro-data. MASA has now become a regular annual conference.

Dieter von Fintel and Dorrit Posel (2015) Errors in recalling childhood socio-economic status: The role of anchoring and household formation in South Africa. Social Indicators Research, DOI 10.1007/s11205-015-0896-7

Posel, D. and Rudwick, S. (2014) Ukukipita (cohabiting): Socio-cultural constraints in urban Zulu society. Journal of Asian and African Studies, 49(3): 282-297.

Posel, D. (2014) Self-assessed well-being and economic rank in South Africa. Development Southern Africa 31(1):51-64.

Posel, D. (2014) Gender inequality. In Bhorat, H., Hirsch, A., Kanbur, R, and Ncube, M. (eds.) Oxford Companion to the Economics of South Africa. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 303-310.

Posel, D. and Casale, D. (2014) Relative standing and subjective well-being in South Africa. In: Michalos A.C. (ed.). Encyclopedia of Quality of Life and Well-Being Research. Springer, Dordrecht, Netherlands: 5451-5454. More

Posel, D., Casale, D. and Vermaak, C. (2014) Job search and the measure of unemployment.  South African Journal of Economics 82(1):66 - 80.

Posel, D. and Rogan, M. (2014) Measured as poor versus feeling poor: Comparing money-metric and subjective poverty rates in South Africa. Journal of Human Development and Capabilities. DOI:10.1080/19452829.2014.985198

Rudwick S. and Posel, D. (2014) Contemporary functions of ilobolo [bridewealth] in urban South African Zulu society. Journal of Contemporary African Studies, 32(1): 118-136.  More

Posel, D. and Rudwick, S. (2014) Marriage and Bridewealth (Ilobolo) in Contemporary Zulu Society. African Studies Review,  57, (2), 51-72.More

Posel, D. and Marx, C. (2013) Circular migration: A view from destination households in two urban informal settlements in South Africa. Journal of Development Studies 49(6): 819-831. More

Visagie, J. and Posel, D. (2013) A reconsideration of what and who is middle class in South Africa. Development Southern Africa 30(2):149-167.   More

Posel, D. and Casale, D. (2013): The relationship between sex ratios and marriage rates in South Africa, Applied Economics, 45 (5), 663-676.
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Posel, D. and Casale, D. (2013) Sex ratios and racial differences in marriage rates in South Africa. Applied Economics 45(3): 663-676. (Also published as ERSA Working Paper No. 153, 2009.)  More

Posel, D. and Hinks, T. (2013) Trusting neighbours or strangers in a racially divided society: Insights from South Africa. Journal of African Economies 22(1):136-162.

Posel, D. and Rudwick, S. (2013) Changing patterns of marriage and cohabitation in South Africa. Acta Juridica 13: 169-180. More

Hunter, M. and Posel, D. (2012) Here to work: The socio-economic characteristics of informal dwellers in post-apartheid South Africa. Environment and Urbanization 24(1): 285 - 304.

Hall, K and Posel, D. (2012) Inequalities in children's household contexts: Place, parental presence and migration. In: Hall, K., Woolard, I and Smith, C. (eds) South African Child Gauge 2012. Children's Institute, University of Cape Town, pp. 43- 47. More

Posel, D. and Rogan, M. (2012). Gendered trends in poverty in the post-apartheid period, 1997 – 2006. Development Southern Africa, 29(1): 97-113. (Also published as ERSA Working Paper, No.205.) More

Posel, D. and Rudwick, S. (2011) Marriage and ilobolo [Bridewealth] in contemporary Zulu Society, Development Studies Working Paper No. 60

Rudwick, S. and D. Posel (2012). Zulu Ilobolo: (De)-constructing 'Modern' and 'Traditional' Identities. In: Fiala, V. (ed.), Multiple Identities in Post-Colonial Africa,  Olomouc: Moneta, p110-21. More

Casale, D. and Posel, D. (2011) English language proficiency and earnings in a developing country: The case of South Africa. Journal of Socio-Economics, 40: 385-393.

Posel, D. (2011) Adult literacy rates in South Africa: a comparison of different measures. Language Matters 42(1): 39-49.More

Posel, D. and Casale, D. (2011) Relative standing and subjective well-being in South Africa: The role of perceptions, expectations and income mobility. Social Indicators Research 104(2):195-223. (Also published as ERSA Working Paper, no. 201.)

Casale, D. and Posel, D. (2011). Unions and the gender wage gap in South Africa. Journal of African Economies, 20(1): 27 - 59. (Also published as ERSA Working Paper 113.)

Posel, D. and Casale, D. (2011) Language proficiency and language policy in South Africa: findings from new data. International Journal of Educational Development 31(5): 443-451. (DOI: 10.1016/j.ijedudev.2010.09.003).

Posel, D., Rudwick, S. and Casale, D. (2011) Is marriage a dying institution in South Africa? Exploring changes in marriage in the context of ilobolo payments. Agenda 87(5): 108-117.

Posel, D. and Zeller, J. (2011) Home language and English language ability in South Africa: Insights from new data. Southern African Linguistics and Applied Language Studies 29(2):115-116. More

Casale, D. and Posel, D. (2010). Investigating the well-being of rural women in South Africa. Agenda, 84:44 - 50.More

Casale, D. and Posel, D. (2010) Mind your language: The benefits of English proficiency in the labour market. In: J. Hofmeyr (ed.) Vision or Vacuum? Governing the South African Economy. Cape Town: Institute for Justice and Reconciliation, pp. 58 – 66.

Posel, D. (2010). Households and labour migration in post-apartheid South Africa. Studies in Economics and Econometrics 34(3): 129 - 141.
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Casale, D. and Posel, D. (2010) The male marital earnings premium in the context of bridewealth payments: Evidence from South Africa. Economic Development and Cultural Change, 58(2), 211-230.  More

Posel, D. (2009) Households and migration: A comparison of measures across the National Income Dynamics Study and other household surveys in South Africa. Report prepared for the National Income Dynamics Study.

Posel, D and Rogan, M (2009) Women, income and poverty: Gendered access to resources in post-apartheid South Africa. Agenda,  81: 25-34.More

Posel, D. and Muller, C. (2008) "Is there evidence of a wage penalty to female part-time employment in South Africa?" South African Journal of Economics 76(3): 466-479.More

Heintz, J and Posel, D (2008) Revisiting informal employment and segmentation in the South African labour market. South African Journal of Economics, 76(1), 26 - 44.More

Posel, D. and Muller, C. (2008) Is there evidence of a wage penalty to female part-time employment in South Africa? The South African Journal of Economics 76(3): 466 - 479. (Also published as ERSA Working Paper, number 61.)  Link to Full Text.More

Posel, D. and Van der Stoep, G. (2008) Co-resident and absent mothers: Mothers and labour force participation in South Africa. Paper presented at the Annual African Econometrics Society Conference, Pretoria, and at the Conference on Income Distribution and the Family, Kiel (Germany).

Dias, R. and Posel, D. (2007) Unemployment, education and skills constraints in post-apartheid South Africa. DPRU Working Paper, no. 120More

Casale, D. and Posel, D. (2006) A review of the labour market in KwaZulu-Natal, 1995-2003. Report prepared for the Department of Economic Development, KwaZulu-Natal.More

Casale, D., Muller, C. and Posel, D. (2006) Working hours in South Africa. South African Labour Bulletin, 30(2): 38-40.More

Posel, D. and Devey, R. (2006) The Demographics of fatherhood in South Africa: an analysis of survey data, 1993-2002. In: Baba: men and fatherhood in South Africa, Cape Town: HSRC Press. More

Posel D., Fairburn J.A. and Lund F. (2006). Labour migration and households: A reconsideration of the effects of the social pension on labour supply in South Africa. Economic Modelling, 23(5), 836-853. More

Posel, D. (2006) Moving on. Patterns of labour migration in post-apartheid South Africa. In: Tienda, M., Tollman, S. and Preston-Whyte, E. (eds) African migration and urbanisation in comparative perspective, Johannesburg: University of the Witwatersrand Press, 217-231More

Posel, D. and Casale, D. (2006) Internal migration and household poverty in post-apartheid South Africa. In: Kanbur, R. and Bhorat, H. (eds) Poverty and Policy in Post-Apartheid South Africa, Pretoria: HSRC Press, 351-365.More

Bowles, S. and Posel, D. (2005) Genetic relatedness predicts South African migrant workers remittances to their families. Nature, 434, 380-383. More

Casale, D. and Posel, D. (2005) Women and the economy: How far have we come? Agenda, 64, 21-29. More

Posel, D. and Casale, D. (2005) Who replies in brackets and what are the implications? An analysis of earnings data in South Africa. ERSA Working Paper, no. 7. More

Casale, D., Muller, C. and Posel, D. (2004) Two million net new jobs? A reconsideration of the rise in employment in South Africa, 1995-2003. South African Journal of Economics, 72(5), 978-1002.More

Muller, C. and Posel, D. (2004) Concerns with measuring informal sector employment: An analysis of national household surveys in South Africa, 1993-2001. Studies in Economics and Econometrics, 28(1), 1-20.More

Posel, D. (2004) Have migration patterns in post-apartheid South Africa changed? Journal of Interdisciplinary Economics, 15, 277-292.More

Morrell, R.G., Posel, D.R. and Devey, R.M. (2003) Counting Fathers in South Africa: Issues of Definition, Methodology and Policy. Social Dynamics, 29 (2): 73 - 94. More

Posel, D.  (2003) The collection of national household survey data in South Africa: Rendering labour migration invisible. Development Southern Africa, 20(3), 361-368.More

Posel, D. and Casale, D. (2003) What has been happening to internal labour migration in South Africa, 1993-1999? South African Journal of Economics, 71(3), 455-479.More

Casale, D. and Posel, D. (2002) The feminisation of the labour force in South Africa: An analysis of recent data and trends. South African Journal of Economics, 70(1), 156-184.More

Posel, D. (2001) Intra-family transfers and income-pooling: A study of remittance transfers in KwaZulu-Natal. South African Journal of Economics, 69(3), 501-528.More

Posel, D. (2001) Who are the heads of household, what do they do and is the concept of headship useful? An analysis of headship data in South Africa. Development Southern Africa, 18(5), 651-670.More

Posel, D. (2001) How do households work? Migration, the household and remittance behaviour in South Africa. Social Dynamics, 27(1), 165-189.More

Posel, D. (2001) Women wait, men migrate. Gender inequality and migration decisions in South Africa. In: Webb, P. and Weinberger, K. (eds) Women farmers: Enhancing rights, recognition and productivity. Development Economics and Policy Series, Frankfurt: Peter Lang, 91-117.More

Posel, D. and Casale, D. (2001) Gender aggregates: Women subsistence farmers affect the unemployment count. Agenda, 49, 82-88.More

Posel, D. (1997) Counting the poor. Who gets what in which households? Agenda, 33, 49-61.More

Posel, D. and Todes, A. (1995) The shift to female labour in KwaZulu-Natal. South African Journal of Economics, 63(2), 225-246.More

Todes, A. and Posel, D. (1995) What has happened to gender in regional development analysis? Examples from KwaZulu-Natal. Transformation, 25, 58-78.More

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