Pundy Pillay is Professor of Economics and Public Finance. He holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Cape Town. He is a Visiting Professor at the Berlin School of Economics and Law, and until 2014, was a Visiting professor in the Economics of Higher Education at the University of Oslo. Previous positions include Head of the Policy Unit, Office of the President, South Africa; Senior Economist, RTI International; and Executive Director of the South African Financial and Fiscal Commission.
His research interests are in economic and social development, economics and public policy, public finance, poverty and inequality, and the economics of education and Llabour markets.
He has worked in a number of developing countries including Bangladesh, Botswana, Egypt, Kenya, Ghana, Iran, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Pakistan, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zambia.
His publications include the following: Higher Education in the BRICS (Springer, 2015, co-edited with Simon Schwartzman and Romulo Pinheiro), GATS and Higher Education – Implications and Possible Ways Forward for SADC Countries (UNESCO Conference on Globalization and Higher Education, 2003); 'Human Capital Development and Growth: Improving Access and Equity in Education and Health' (Development Southern Africa, 2006); The State and Economic Development in Southern Africa; and South Africa in the 21st Century: Key Socio-Economic Challenges (Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, 2000).