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 Prof. Derek Yu

Position: Professor and Chair: Economics
Department: Department of Economics
Faculty: Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences
Qualifications: PhD (US), MEcon (US)
Tel: 021 959 9301
Fax: 021 959 3072


 Derek Yu joined the UWC Economics Department as a part-time lecturer in 2006-2008 before working full-time since 2009. His primary research interests are Labour economics and Development Economics. He completed his Masters studies (2002) and Doctorate studies (2012) at Stellenbosch University. He was a former researcher for Professor Servaas van der Berg at the Economics Department of Stellenbosch University.

He was awarded the Founders’ Medal for Doctorate dissertation by the Economic Society of South Africa (ESSA) in 2013, won the UWC EMS Faculty’s Best Teacher Award in 2014 and the Institutional Best Teaching and Learning Team Award (with Karen dos Reis) in 2018. He has supervised over 20 Honours research long essays, more than 10 Masters mini- and full theses, and one Doctorate dissertation.


1.       Feder, J. & Yu, D. (2019). Employed yet poor: Low-wage employment and working poverty in South Africa. Development Southern Africa. Forthcoming.
2.       Nackerdien, F. & Yu, D. (2019). A panel labour data analysis of formal-informal sector linkages in South Africa. Development Southern Africa. Forthcoming.
3.       Fransman, T, & Yu, D. (2019). Multidimensional poverty in South Africa, 2001-2016. Development Southern Africa. 36(1): 50-79.
4.       Dos Reis, K. & Yu, D. (2018). Peer Mentoring as a catalyst to enhance first year Economics students’ academic performance. South African Journal of Higher Education. 32(6): 234-250.
5.       Fredericks, F. & Yu, D. (2018). Examining employment discrimination in South Africa, 1997-2015. Development Southern Africa. 35(4): 527-553.
6.       Beukes, R., Jansen, A., Moses, M. & Yu, D. (2017). Exploring the eligibility criteria of the Child Support Grant and its impact on poverty. Social Indicators Research. 134(2): 511-529.
7.       Burger, R., Van der Berg, S., Van der Walt, S. & Yu, D. (2017). The long walk: Considering the enduring spatial and racial dimensions of deprivation two decades after the fall of apartheid. Social Indicators Research. 130(3): 1101-1123.
8.       Beukes, R., Fransman, T., Murozvi, S. & Yu, D. (2017). Underemployment in South Africa. Development Southern Africa. 34(1): 33-55.
9.       Yu, D., Kasongo, A. & Moses, M. (2017). Examining the performance of the South African economics departments, 2005-2014. South African Journal of Economics. 85(1): 138-158.




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