Lawrence Edwards is a Professor in the School of Economics, University of Cape Town, and a Research Associate at the South African Labour and Development Research Unit (SALDRU) and Policy Research on International Services and Manufacturing (PRISM).
Professor Edwards has extensive research experience on the implications of trade reform and international competition on employment, wages and international trade in Africa and South Africa in particular. He has published in World Development, Journal of International Development, Economics of Transition, Harvard Business Review and the South African Journal of Economics. He has consulted widely on trade policy issues for the World Bank, the African Development Bank, the International Growth Centre, the OECD and the Southern African Development Community Secretariat and various governments in Africa, including South Africa, Swaziland, Lesotho and Zambia.
Professor Edwards has participated in various projects involving the collection and analysis of firm data. Most recently, this included a survey of retail outlets in Lesotho funded by the UK Department for International Development under the Private Enterprise Development in Low-Income Countries (PEDL) initiative. Earlier survey work included a collaborative project with the World Bank on administering a transport industry survey in South Africa and more recently on firm interviews in Zimbabwe.
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