Nigeria Country Research Team

The Nigeria Country Research Team is an international group of academic researchers with extensive experience working in Africa, with an emphasis on economic, educational, and political issues. The principal research institution for the Nigeria Country Research Team is the African School of Economics in Benin. The Centre for the Study of the Economies of Africa (CSEA) will be the primary affiliated institution involved in the research. Other affiliated institutions include Barnard College, Dalhousie University, Oklahoma State University, Princeton University, and the University of Oxford. 

Principal Investigators

Leonard Wantchekon

Leonard Wantchekon is a professor of politics and associated faculty in economics at Princeton University. He has research interests in the economics of education, clientelism and redistributive politics, the resource curse, and the long-term social impact of historical events. He is the author of numerous publications in leading academic journals, such as American Economic Review, the Quarterly Journal of Economics, and the American Political Science Review. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and founded the Institute for Empirical Research in Political Economy and the African School of Economics (ASE) in Benin in January 2004 and September 2014, respectively.

Key Researcher

picture of Belinda Archibong

Belinda Archibong is an assistant professor of economics at Barnard College (USA). Her research areas include development economics, political economy, economic history, and environmental economics with an African regional focus. Her research investigates the role of institutions and environment in inequality of access to public services and the development of human capital. She is a faculty affiliate at Columbia University's Center for Development Economics and Policy (CDEP), The Earth Institute at Columbia University, the Institute of African Studies, the Institute for Research in African-American Studies, the Columbia Population Research Center (CPRC), and the Center for Environmental Economics and Policy (CEEP). She received a BA in Economics/Philosophy and a PhD in Sustainable Development from Columbia University.

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David Johnson is a chartered educational psychologist. He is a reader in comparative and international education and Professorial Fellow, St Antony’s College, University of Oxford. He teaches a number of papers in comparative education including on the history and politics of education in Africa and on the politics of educational policy. He works closely with African education officials on the use of data for educational policymaking including recently in Sudan, Sierra Leone, and Rwanda, and significantly in Nigeria where he carried out assessments of teachers’ knowledge and professional competencies across 11 states. Currently, he is assessing students in a randomised controlled trial on teacher incentives in Rwanda and a carrying out a study on progression in learning in Sierra Leone. He is an advisor to PricewaterhouseCoopers on learning assessments on the DFID–funded Girls Education Challenge.

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Harounan Kazianga is a professor of economics at Oklahoma State University (USA). His research focuses on rural economic activity in Sub-Saharan Africa. He has conducted extensive research in Africa on technological change in agriculture; the use of financial markets, asset accumulation, and gift exchange to cope with risk; gender relations and the structure of household economies; education; and a variety of other aspects of rural economic organization. His papers have been published in the American Economic Journal: Applied, the American Journal of Agricultural Economics, the Journal of Development Economics, and Economic Development and Cultural Change, among others.

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Dozie Okoye is an assistant professor of economics at Dalhousie University (Canada) following his completion of a PhD in economics from the University of Western Ontario (Canada). His research deals with a variety of problems related to economic growth and development, with particular emphasis on the process of human development (skill acquisition, education, health) and how this depends on the socioeconomic environment in which individuals live. His work is particularly concerned with the impact of historical events on contemporary development. His research has been published in outlets such as the International Economic Review and Journal of Economic Analyses and Policy. He received the Al Berry prize for best research by a young economist at the Canadian Development Economic Study Group meetings in 2014.

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Chukwuka Onyekwena is the acting Executive Director of the Centre for the Study of the Economies of Africa (CSEA). He holds a PhD in economics from the University of Portsmouth (UK), a Master of Science degree in economics from the University of Kent (UK), and a Bachelor of Science in economics from the University of Nigeria Nsukka. His research interest is mainly in the areas of foreign direct investment (FDI), trade, global economic governance, education, climate change, and financial inclusion. He is a member of the Steering Committee of the West African Think Tank Network (WATTNet), a network of ten think tanks in West Africa. He is also a member of the advisory group of the AfricaGlobal Economic Governance Project.


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Adedeji Adeniran is the Director of Education (Governance Research) and Senior Fellow at the Center for the Studies of African Economies (CSEA). He holds a PhD from the University of Witwatersrand, South Africa. He also holds a Masters’ and Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Educational Management/Economics from the University of Ibadan. He previously worked as a seasonal lecturer in the Department of Witwatersrand, as a data analyst at the Analyst Data Services and Resources (ADSR) and as a teaching assistant in the Department of Economics at the University of Ibadan. His research interests cut across macroeconomics, development finance, public economics, and policy analysis and experimental economics.

Karim Nchare Fogam holds an MSc in economics from the University of Montreal and a PhD in economics from Pennsylvania State University with a concentration in econometrics. He is a recurring visiting scholar at Princeton University’s Department of Politics and an assistant professor at the African School of Economics. His research interests include applications of causal inference techniques and nonparametric methods to policy evaluation and industrial organization.  

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Gabor Nyeki is a visiting research scholar at Princeton University. He holds a simultaneous appointment as an assistant professor at the African School of Economics. His work falls into political economy, development economics, and the economics of social networks. He studies unequal societies. In the context of less developed countries, he studies the role of social networks in Kenyan villages that receive large cash transfers and the effects of formal education on Nigerian communities. In the US context, his work explores the political and economic effects of the Civil Rights Movement. His research employs various empirical approaches, including quasi-experimental methods, large randomised controlled trials, and the analysis of historical data. He received his PhD in economics from Duke University.