Dori Posel


Professor Dorrit (Dori) Posel is a B-rated NRF researcher and an economist who specialises in applied micro-economic research, exploring the interface between households and labour markets in South Africa. Dori holds the Helen Suzman Chair in Political Economy, Wits University and was formerly the DST-NRF South African Research Chair in Economic Development. She has published widely on research relating to labour migration and remittance behaviour, changes in labour force participation and employment, the determinants of earnings, measures of well-being, and the economics of gender. One of her key projects as a SARChI Chair has been to investigate marriage markets in South Africa in the context of ilobolo (bride wealth) using a combination of quantitative and qualitative research. Her research on marriage has been published in a number of journals, including Applied Economics, Economic Development and Cultural Change, African Studies Review, the Journal of Asian and African Studies, and the Journal of Contemporary African Studies. Dori received a PhD in Economics from the University of Massachusetts (Amherst) in 1999, and was a post-doctoral fellow at Princeton University in 2000. In 2005, Dori received the Vice-Chancellor’s Research Award at the University of KwaZulu-Natal.