Skip navigation

Dr Joseph Ajefu

Senior Lecturer

Department: Newcastle Business School

Joseph Ajefu is a Senior Lecturer 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

Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

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

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • 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 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
  • Women’s Inheritance Rights and Child Health Outcomes in India, Ajefu, J., Singh, N., Ali, S., Efobi, U. 1 Dec 2021, In: Journal of Development Studies
  • Informal associations, shocks, and household food consumption: panel data estimation from rural Nigeria, Efobi, U., Atata, S., Ajefu, J. 2020, In: Journal of Development Effectiveness
  • Parental Disability and Children’s Educational Outcomes: Evidence from Tanzania, Ajefu, J., Moodley, J. 1 Oct 2020, In: Journal of Human Development and Capabilities
  • The Impact of Financial Inclusion on Mental Health, Ajefu, J., Demir, A., Haghpanahan, H. 1 Aug 2020, In: SSM - Population Health


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

a sign in front of a crowd

Northumbria Open Days

Open Days are a great way for you to get a feel of the University, the city of Newcastle upon Tyne and the course(s) you are interested in.

Research at Northumbria

Research at Northumbria

Research is the life blood of a University and at Northumbria University we pride ourselves on research that makes a difference; research that has application and affects people's lives.

a person sitting at a table

Order your prospectus

If you would like to know more about our courses, or life in general as a student at Northumbria, then we can help you.

Latest News and Features

Professor Matthew Johnson has been involved in research which has modelled the impact a Universal Basic Income could have on poverty and inequality.
Northumbria University has launched a new report that sets out its social impact and identifies where it is spreading opportunity to those who need it most.  The Social Mobility Impact Report has been developed in partnership with former Education Secretary Rt Hon Justine Greening.
MFA student Celia Burbush, MFA co-Programme Leader Gavin Butt and Deputy Head of Arts, Steve Gilroy, are pictured outside the new look Gallery North.
Minister for Science, Research and Innovation opens £2m investment in region’s Engineering and Environment students
REF 2021
Professor Andrew Wathey CBE speaking at the Rutherford Roundtable
More news

Back to top