My name is Velenkosini Matsebula, I am an Economics Lecturer at the University of the Western Cape. I hold a Mcom degree in Economics,
completed in December 2014 at Northwest University and currently doing a PHD in Economics degree at the University of the Western Cape.
Through my years of study and previous working experience I have broadened my knowledge and mastered the field of economics. I am familiar with both, Macro and Micro economics analysis, econometric analysis, research methods, data analysis and working on empirical, qualitative and quantitative research projects. My research interests include macroeconomic analysis, labour economics, development economics and development finance. I also I have substantial and diverse research background, training and experience in Macroeconomics, Microeconomics and Econometrics.
Prior to joining UWC I have worked as a Research Officer at the Southern Africa Labour and Development Research Unit (SALDRU), a research Department at the University of Cape Town. At SALDRU we carried out research and capacity building in applied empirical microeconomics with an emphasis on poverty and inequality, labour markets, human capital and social policy. My role at SALDRU involves working in different projects in SALDRU, in particular J-PAL Africa, the National Income Dynamics Study (NIDS), and NOPOOR.
My current research focus is mostly on financial development, with a direct interest on the role of financial Inclusion in our Economies in African. This is also the subject i am exploring for my PHD studies.