I am researcher with the Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose (IIPP) at University College London (@IIPP_UCL) looking at economic rents in digital platforms. Senior Research Associate at University of Johannesburg (@go2uj).
I recently led several major investigations for the ILO and African Development Bank (AfDB) on COVD-19 impacts on employment, debt sustainability, and macroeconomic outcomes.
Previously, an economist with the AfDB (Tunisia, 2013-2014) and external expert consultant with UNCTAD writing the World Investment Report. I taught macroeconomics at the Jones Graduate School of Business, Rice University and New York University.
* Latest Works *
African Development Review. 2021. `COVID‐19 impact on SADC labour markets: Evidence from high‐frequency data and other sources'. Online: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/1467-8268.12528
African Development Review. 2021. `The effect of shocks to GDP on employment in SADC member states during COVID‐19 using a Bayesian hierarchical model'. Online: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/1467-8268.12524
African Development Bank (AfDB), May 2021 ‘Assessing the Impact of Covid-19 in The Gambia and Spending Needs for the 2030 SDG Agenda’, Country Economics Department (ECCE), Regional Directorate General for West Africa (RDGW), available: here.
ILO, 03 September 2020. Rapid Country Assessment: South Africa - The impacts from a COVID-19 shock to South Africa's economy and labour market.
Currently a researcher with UCL's IIPP research unit where I help lead empirical work on firm-level data analysis, big-data research design, and theoretical work on digital rents. I am also a Senior Research Associate, South African Research Chair in Industrial Development, University of Johannesburg.
I was a research economist with the African Development Bank (AfDB) in Tunisia and wrote the Africa section of the World Investment Report for UNCTAD for several years. I have consulted for and worked with the African Union Commission (AUC), Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment (CCSI) at Columbia University, the ILO (Geneva and Johannesburg), Johns Hopkins University, SADC, UNIDO, and UNECA.
I have experience managing teams to produce high-level policy reports; having recently led several research teams for consulting projects with the ILO (Pretoria), and AfDB (West Africa Department).
I was a lecturer in macroeconomics at the Jones Graduate Business School, Rice University (online MBA), and an adjunct lecturer at New York University (Division of Applied Undergraduate Studies). I hold a Ph.D in economics from the New School for Social Research and an MSc in international economics from SOAS (University of London, First Class).