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Research Area / Interest :
Microeconomics; labour; poverty and income distribution; rural development; institutional economics

Justine Burns (PhD, Univ. of Massachusetts, Amherst)

Justine is an Associate Professor in the School of Economics, and a research associate of the Southern African Labour and Development Research Unit. Her research interests include behavioural and experimental economics, trust and social capital, discrimination, labour markets and social networks, and intergenerational mobility. Her experimental work has focused on the effects of racial identity and income inequality on individual decision-making, as well as group co-operation in the provision of public goods. She has also published work on educational mobility, social assistance, and the impact of social networks on employment outcomes. More recently, she has completed a series of projects investigating the feasibility of a wage subsidy as a tool to promote employment in South Africa.


Ph.D. in Economics , University of Massachusetts at Amherst. February 2004.

MPhil in Economics of Developing Countries, Cambridge University, UK, 1996.

Grants and Awards

2008: URC Block Grant Award

2007:URC Block Grant Award for Research African Econometric Society Prize for Best Conference Paper

2006: University Research Committee (URC) Block Grant for Research Distinguished Teachers Award

2004: University Merit Award for Teaching Excellence Organisation of Social Science Studies in Eastern and Southern Africa Post-Doctoral Research Grant

2003: University of Cape Town Merit Award National Research Foundation Grant Award for ResearchUniversity Research Committee (URC) Block Grant for Research

2002: Research Foundation Grant Award for Research Grant from MacArthur Network on Norms and PreferencesUniversity Research Committee (URC) Block Grant for Research African Economic Research Consortium (AERC) PhD Research Award

For a more detailed CV, please click here. (.DOC) (84 KB) (05/11/2009)