Vimal Ranchhod is a lecturer in the Jackson Institute for Global Affairs, and an associate professor in the Southern African Labor and Development Research Unit (SALDRU) at the University of Cape Town. A labor and development economist, he received his PhD in economics in 2007 from the University of Michigan. He also received an MA (economics) from the University of Michigan, and completed his undergraduate studies at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg. His research interests include labor markets, inequality and education. His work is focused on South Africa and uses various data sources and applied econometric methods. His previous academic appointments have been as a lecturer at the Univ. of the Witwatersrand, a post-doctoral fellow at the Population Studies Center at Michigan, and a senior lecturer in the School of Economics at the University of Cape Town. His current projects include an examination of the effects of an agricultural minimum wage in South Africa on employment and wages, estimating the effects of credit constraints on re-enrollment rates at the University of Cape Town, and identifying how poorer households cope with the loss of pension income in South Africa.