Welcome to the Development Policy Research Unit

The Development Policy Research Unit (DPRU) is one of Africa's premier economic policy think tanks. The DPRU aims to inform economic policymaking through specialising in academically rigorous research encompassing the socio-economic challenges in South Africa and Sub-Saharan Africa.  Specifically, the DPRU cognate areas range from labour market analysis, growth, poverty and inequality dynamics through to areas such as economic complexity analysis and regulation and governance. 

The DPRU is a university-recognized research unit located within the School of Economics at the University of Cape Town, and has been actively engaged in policy-relevant socio-economic research for nearly 30 years, establishing itself as one of South Africa’s premier research institutions in the field.

Through the application of economic and statistical techniques, our aim is to produce academically credible and rigorous policy analysis.The three core objectives of the Unit are to:

  • foster high quality, policy relevant research within the DPRU
  • train a new generation of research economists within the Unit, and
  • disseminate knowledge to decision- and policy-makers in government, the private sector and civil society.