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Joshua Budlender

PhD candidate in Economics, UMass Amherst

Joshua Budlender is a PhD candidate in economics at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and a junior research fellow at the Southern Africa Labour and Development Research Unit at the University of Cape Town. His primary research interests are in labour economics and development economics, with a focus on South Africa.


  • 2015–2016
    Research fellow, Socio-Economic Rights Institute of South Africa
  • 2015–2015
    Researcher, Southern Africa Labour and Development Research Unit


  • 2017 
    University College London (UCL), MSc, Economic Policy
  • 2014 
    University of Cape Town, BSocSci (Hons), Economics
  • 2013 
    University of Cape Town, BSocSci, Economics and Economic History

Grants and Contracts

  • 2018
    Doctoral freestanding scholarship
    PhD candidate, University of Massachusetts Amherst
    Funding Source:
    National Research Foundation