Ihsaan Bassier

Ihsaan works on an AFD funded project, which is to advance the evidence base and understanding of the stimulus effects of income transfer programmes in the South African context, focusing on the impacts of social grants and of public employment. He will be undertaking an evaluation of the employment stimulus programme as well as working on developing the data resource to be made available for further work by other researchers.

Ihsaan is a PhD candidate in Economics at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. His PhD research is on competition in labour markets, with a focus on the role of South Africa’s bargaining councils in constraining the broader labour market’s latent monopsonistic structure. This research links to his interests in inequality, workers’ bargaining power, and development. He has also done work on the employment and poverty effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, including on informal workers.

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Junior Research Fellow