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Dr Joseph Ajefu

Assistant Professor

Department: Newcastle Business School

Joseph Ajefu is an Assistant Professor in Economics at Newcastle Business School. He holds an MSc in Development Economics from the University of Birmingham and a PhD in Economics from the University of Leicester.

Prior to joining Northumbria University, he worked at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) University of London, the University of Johannesburg, the University of Witwatersrand, and Nottingham Trent University. His research interests are focused on applied econometrics, with contributions to development economics, financial economics, health economics, labour and public economics. His recent research themes include financial inclusion, property rights, conflict, climate change, fertility, child and maternal health, and household welfare in low-and-middle-income countries. 

Joseph Ajefu

Joseph's onging research interests cover the following themes:

1. Intergenerational effects of property rights reforms in developing countries

2. Long-term effects of civil conflicts in developing countries

3. Educational policy reforms and non-economic returns

4. Fertility, maternal and child health in developing countries

5. Urbanisation and household outcomes

6. Deforestation and its implications in developing countries

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Reforming of Women’s Litigant Rights and Child Wellbeing: Evidence from Nigeria, Efobi, U., Ajefu, J. 2 Jan 2023, In: Journal of Development Studies
  • Impact of Intergovernmental Transfers on Household Multidimensional Well-Being, Ajefu, J., Ogebe, J. 7 Nov 2022, In: Journal of Development Studies
  • The association between terrorist attacks and mental health: evidence from Nigeria, Ajefu, J., Sonne, S. 6 May 2022, In: Oxford Development Studies
  • The impact of timing of in utero drought shocks on birth outcomes in rural households: evidence from Sierra Leone, Abiona, O., Ajefu, J. 7 Oct 2022, In: Journal of Population Economics
  • Women’s Inheritance Rights and Child Health Outcomes in India, Ajefu, J., Singh, N., Ali, S., Efobi, U. 3 Apr 2022, In: Journal of Development Studies
  • Coping with negative shocks and the role of the farm input subsidy programme in rural Malawi, Ajefu, J., Efobi, U., Beecroft, I. 1 Oct 2021, In: Environment and Development Economics
  • Economic and political determinants of the South African labour share, 1971–2019, Gouzoulis, G., Constantine, C., Ajefu, J. 19 Dec 2021, In: Economic and Industrial Democracy
  • The Effects of International Remittances on Expenditure Patterns of the Left-Behind Households in Sub-Saharan Africa, Ajefu, J., Ogebe, J. 1 Feb 2021, In: Review of Development Economics
  • The impact of financial inclusion on sectoral economic growth, Demir, A., Ajefu, J., Bukhari, K., Murinde, V. 19 Oct 2021, Inclusive Financial Development, Cheltenham, Glos, Edward Elgar
  • The Long-term Effects of Violent Conflict on Women’s Intra-Household Decision-Making Power, Ajefu, J., Casale, D. 3 Oct 2021, In: Journal of Development Studies

  • Economics PhD January 21 2016
  • Economics MSc December 10 2010

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