David Kaplan

Senior Research Specialist

BA BComm. (UCT) MA (Kent) DPhil (Sussex).

Professor Emeritus: Business Government Relations, Department of Economics UCT.

David Kaplan is an economist who taught at the University of Cape Town for more than 38 years. Prior to that date he taught at the University of Massachusetts.

He has undertaken work for inter alia the World Bank: the African Development Bank; the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa and the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation. 

He has held positions in the South African government and a number of governmental agencies. Inter alia he was Chief economist of the Department of Trade and Industry; 2000-2003 and Chief Economist (part-time), Department of Economic Development and Tourism, Provincial Government of the Western Cape, 2004-2011.  He served on the Presidential Commission to Investigate the Development of a Comprehensive Labour Market Policy and on the National Advisory Council on Innovation (NACI) and is a former board member of the Technology Innovation Agency (TIA).

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