Murray Leibbrandt

Non-Resident Senior Research Fellow

Murray Leibbrandt is Professor of Economics at the University of Cape Town and a Non-Resident Senior Research Fellow at UNU-WIDER. In this capacity, and as Director of the Southern Africa Labour and Development Research Unit (SALDRU), he leads the South African arm of UNU-WIDER’s Inequality in the Giants project. 

Professor Leibbrant’s research focuses on South African poverty, inequality and labour market dynamics using survey data and, in particular, panel data. He has written extensively on these topics, having published a wide range of journal articles, book chapters, and books. In addition to his many other roles, he has been Principal Investigator of South Africa’s national household panel survey, the National Income Dynamics Study (NIDS), since 2007.

A UNU-WIDER Non-Resident Senior Research Fellow, Professor Leibbrandt is part of the Southern Africa – Towards Inclusive Economic Development project. He is currently co-organizing one of the project’s six thematic sub-components focusing on the various dimensions of inequality in South Africa.