African. Economist. Plus other things
Education. PhD Economics. SUNY Binghamton

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Employment History

Policy Associate
Economic Research Southern Africa
July 2013 - Date
Cape Town, RSA

Research Associate
Stellenbosch University
April 2016 - Date
Stellenbosch, RSA

The Guardian Nigeria
Aug 2016 - Date
Abuja, NG

WARA - Residency Fellow
American University
August 2018 - September 2018
Washington DC, USA

Director of Applied Economics
African Heritage Institution
Aug 2016 - Nov 2016
Enugu, NG

State Univeristy of New York at Binghamton
Jan 2010 - May 2013
Binghamton NY, USA

Teaching Assistant
State University of New York at Binghamton
Aug 2009 - Dec 2009
Binghamton NY, USA

Research Assistant
Central Bank of Nigeria, Microfinance Division
Aug 2006 - Aug 2007
Abuja, NG



National Competitiveness Council of Nigeria

United Nations University - WIDER

National Treasury - South Africa

Mathers and Savant

WNT Capitas

Nextier Advisory


"State Formation in Precolonial Nigeria". . Oxford Handbook of Nigerian Politics. Forthcoming

"Fiscal Policy During Boom and Bust". with Kingsley Moghalu. Oxford Handbook of Nigerian Politics. Forthcoming

"Markups and concentration in South African manufacturing sectors". with Johannes Fedderke and Nicola Viegi. South African Journal of Economics. 2017

"The trans-Atlantic slave trades and local political fragmentation in Africa". - . Economic History Review. 2016. 69(4):1157-1177

"A dream deffered: the microfoundations of direct political action in pre- and post-democratization South Africa". with Biniam Bedasso. Journal of Development Studies. 2016. 52(1):130 - 146

"An examination of subnational growth in Nigeria: 1999 - 2012". - . South African Journal of Economics. 2015. 83(3):335 - 357

"Social capital and human capital in the colonies: a study of cocoa farmers in Western Nigeria". - . Economic History of Developing Regions. 2015. 30(1):1 - 22

"The introduction of higher banknotes and the price level in Nigeria". with E. N. Egbuna. International Journal of Economics and Finance. 2013

Research.Working Papers

"Emigration and education: the schooling of the left behind in Nigeria". with Biniam Bedasso and Ermias Gebru Economic Research Southern Africa no. 722

"Human capital inequality and electoral outcomes in South Africa". with Biniam Bedasso UNU-WIDER Working Paper No. 2016/100

Research.Works in Progress

Climate, yams, and precolonial centralization

Before Formalization: Attitudes toward Government, Taxation, and Governance Alternatives in Lagos's Informal Sector with Adrienne LeBas

Tax Appeals and Social Intermediaries in Lagos Nigeria with Adrienne LeBas and Jessica Goetlibb

Colonialists, Taxation and Punishment: Prisons and Labor Coercion in British Colonial West Africa with Belinda Archibong

Decolonizing with data: Cliometrics in Africa with Johan Fourie

Convict Labor and the Costs of Colonial Infrastructure:Evidence from Prisons in British Nigeria, 1920-1938 with Belinda Archibong


"Bi-monthly column". Guardian Nigeria newspaper.

"The trans-Atlantic slave trade and local political fragmentation in Africa". AEHN. September 2016

"Long-term effects of slave exporting in West Africa". Oxford University Press. March 2016

"Buy Naija to Grow the Naira: probably pointless but potentially dangerous". Premium Times. 24th Febraury 2016

"Naira devaluation and the Nigerian economy: focusing on the big picture". Premium Times. 20th February 2016

"Myths about devaluation". Premium Times. 15th Februaru 2016

"Removing the autonomy of the CBN: a really bad idea". Business Day. 8th June 2012

"Who really benefits from fuel subsidies". Business Day. 5th December 2011


Monthly economic update and

Thu, 17 Jan 2019 05:47:55 GMT

Just over a month ago I thought about starting a monthly economic update. You see, I write a lot mostly about topics in economics regarding the Nigerian economy and I thought about making my writing a bit more structured. So, I figured a paid monthly newsletter would be just the thing to force me to collect my thoughts on various issues and receive a token incentive for doing so.

After scouring the web for paid newsletter service providers, I hit the typical roadblock. One you are probably familiar with if you are from Nigeria or many other African countries. The dreaded “Your country is not supported”. So, I decided to just go ahead and build one for myself. A simple website where you can go to pay and subscribe to a newsletter and get it in your mailbox every time it is published. With above average coding skills and a combination of Flutterwave for payment and AWS for everything else, it took me two days to set up.

So, I said to myself, “if it’s this easy why not just make it a service” so anyone else who wants to set up a paid newsletter service can use it. It took a bit longer than two days to do that but a month later, in between dancing around in my village square, I have up and running. It does what it says on the box. You can use it to set up a paid newsletter service.

There are a number of interesting use cases. Say you are a journalist reporting news on a particular topic or from a particular place, say news from your village for instance. You can use it to build a set of paid subscriber who receive news from you about your village. Or you are a poet who wants to get paid by your readers. Or an analyst providing curated information on the stock market. Or whatever. It is what you want to do with it.

Of course, it also now hosts my monthly Nigeria economic update. A monthly newsletter with thoughts and analysis on the latest issues regarding the Nigerian economy. You can subscribe to it here.

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