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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
  • 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
  • Coping with negative shocks and the role of the farm input subsidy programme in rural Malawi, Ajefu, J., Efobi, U., Beecroft, I. 14 Jul 2020, In: Environment and Development Economics
  • 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
  • The Mitigating Impact of Land Tenure Security on Drought-induced Food Insecurity: Evidence from Rural Malawi, Ajefu, J., Abiona, O. 1 Dec 2020, In: Journal of Development Studies
  • Does having children affect women’s entrepreneurship decision? Evidence from Nigeria, Ajefu, J. 1 Sep 2019, In: Review of Economics of the Household
  • Impact of Shocks on Labour and Schooling Outcomes and the Role of Public Work Programmes in Rural India, Ajefu, J., Abiona, O. 3 Jun 2019, In: Journal of Development Studies
  • Migrant remittances and financial inclusion among households in Nigeria, Ajefu, J., Ogebe, J. 3 Jul 2019, In: Oxford Development Studies


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

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