Dr Claire Vermaak

  Designation  Lecturer
Telephone +27 31 260 2577
Email vermaakc@ukzn.ac.za
Campus Westville
Building & Room J Block room 304
Dr Claire Vermaak

Dr Chaire Vermaak is a lecturer and specialist in economics and his research interests lie mainly in the field of labour economics, focusing on the analysis of household survey data relating to employment and unemployment, earnings, poverty and inequality. He also work on issues relating to household energy use and energy poverty, and the economic analysis of disability and other health issues.


BSc, BCom(Hons)(Natal), MCom, PhD(UKZN)


  • Harris, G. and Vermaak. C. “Economic inequality as a source of interpersonal violence: evidence from sub-Saharan Africa and South Africa.” South African Journal of Economic and Management Sciences (forthcoming).
  • Posel, D., Casale, D., & Vermaak, C. (2014). “Job Search and the Measurement of Unemployment in South Africa.”South African Journal of Economics 82(1), pp. 66-80.
  • Kimemia, D., Vermaak, C., Pachauri, S. and Rhodes, B. (2014). “Burns, scalds and poisonings from household energy use in South Africa: Are the energy poor at greater risk?” Energy for Sustainable Development 18, pp. 1-8.
  • Kohler, M., Rhodes, B. and Vermaak, C. (2014). “Developing an Energy-Based Poverty Line for South Africa.” Journal of Economic and Financial Sciences 7(1), pp. 127-144.
  • Kohler, M., Rhodes, B. and Vermaak, C. (2014). “An Economic Assessment of Solar Technologies in South Africa.”Interdisciplinary Journal of Economics and Business Law 4(1), pp. 36-57.
  • Vermaak, C. (2012).  “Tracking poverty with coarse data: evidence from South Africa.” Journal of Economic Inequality10(2), pp. 239-265.
  • Vermaak,  C.,  Kohler,  M.  and Rhodes,  B.  (2009).  “Developing Energy-based Poverty Indicators for South Africa.” Journal of Interdisciplinary Economics 21(2), pp. 163-195.

Recent topics supervised:

  1. The effects of marital status on labour market participation, employment and wages in Lesotho
  2. The impact of the Child Support Grant on child health and education outcomes
  3. Subjective well-being through an individual’s lifespan in South Africa
  4. Labour regulations and firm performance in South Africa
  5. The relationship between income and health status in South Africa
  6. Do fathers matter? An analysis of outcomes for children using South African data
  7. An analysis of self-reported health status and its socio-economic correlates
  8. Inter-regional wage differentials in South Africa
  9. The ownership of private goods and their impact on subjective well-being
  10. Membership of professional bodies:
  11. KZN secretary of ESSA (Economic Society of South Africa)