Professor Collette Muller


Associate Professor
Telephone: 031 260 2585
Campus: Westville
Building & Room: J Block 3rd Floor, Room 313


Professor Colette Muller is a Senior Lecturer in Economics, and current Academic Leader: Economics for the Westville Campus. Her teaching spans both undergraduate and postgraduate courses, with specialisation in teaching research methods and labour economics to postgraduate students. Her research typically utilises survey data, and research interests include employment access, marginal work and immigration. Her current work includes a project on perceptions of employability among higher education graduates.

Academic Qualifications:

  • PhD (Economics) University of KwaZulu-Natal
  • MCOM (Economics) University of Natal, Durban
  • BCOM(Hons) (Economics) University of Natal, Durban

Research Interests

  • Labour economics
  • Employment access, marginal work, wage differentials
  • Immigration
  • Employability in Higher Education

Recent Publications and Papers

  • “University Reputation and Undergraduates’ Self-perceived Employability: Mediating Influence of Experiential Learning Activities” (Joint: O.S. Pitan) Higher Education Research & Development (published online: 9 July 2019). DOI: 10.1080/07294360.2019.1634678.
  • “Changes in labour market policy and the gender wage gap among part-time and full-time workers in South Africa.” Interdisciplinary Journal of Economics and Business Law, 2019, 8(3), 25-51.
  • “Do immigrants have better labour market outcomes than South Africans?” Development Southern Africa (published online: 27 February 2019). Joint: C. Vermaak. DOI: 10.1080/0376835X.2019.1584549.
  • “Non-Performing Loans, Banking System and Macroeconomy in Nigeria.” Studia Universitatis Babeş-Bolyai Oeconomica, 2018, 63(2), 67-86. Joint: A.E. Morakinyo and M. Sibanda.
  • “English language proficiency, labour market participation and employment among Africans in South Africa” Interdisciplinary Journal of Economics and Business Law, 2017, 6(2), 49-76. Joint: T. McKenzie.
Recent topics supervised:
  • The effect of language on the labour market success of immigrants and citizens in South Africa
  • Returns to education for wage-employed individuals in the private and public sectors in South Africa
  • The Interprovincial Wage Gap: The Effects of Unions in South Africa (2015)
  • Gender wage differences among Africans in the public and private sector in South Africa
  • A double disadvantage? A gender-sensitive analysis of African immigrants’ labour market outcomes in South Africa
  • The MINT economies and non-performing loans
  • Differences in hourly earnings across Durban, Johannesburg and Cape Town
  • Labour Market Status and Individual Subjective Well-Being in South Africa.
  • The Relationship between Human Capital and Firm Size in South Africa.
  • Subjective Well-Being through an Individual’s Lifespan in South Africa
  • English Language Proficiency and Labour Market Participation: The Case of South Africa
  • The Ownership of Private Goods and Their Impact on Subjective Wellbeing