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

Research Associate
Stellenbosch University
April 2016 - Date

The Guardian Nigeria
Aug 2016 - Date

Director of Applied Economics
African Heritage Institution
Aug 2016 - Nov 2016

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

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

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



National Competitiveness Council of Nigeria

United Nations University - WIDER

National Treasury - South Africa

Mathers and Savant


"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

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Research.Working Papers

Research.Works in Progress

Climate, yams, and precolonial centralization

Emigration and education: the schooling of the left behind in Nigeria with Biniam Bedasso and Ermias Gebru

Decolonizing with data: Cliometrics in Africa with Johan Fourie and Leonard Wantchekon

Tax Appeals and Social Intermediaries in Lagos Nigeria with Adrienne LeBas and Ryan Moore

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

Nigeria's placa among West Africa's Empires

Fiscal Policy During Boom and Bust with Kingsley Moghalu


"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


Much ado about the foreign reserves + Extras

My article in the guardian yesterday was about the central bank’s foreign reserves, what it means, and why we care about it. You can read it online here. Two things I did not mention in the article due to space constraints. First, its great that the foreign reserves are much higher than the lows we saw… Continue reading Much ado about the foreign reserves + Extras

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