Solomon Olakojo BITSS CatalystEconomics

Dr. Solomon Abayomi Olakojo is a Lecturer in the Department of Economics, University of Ibadan in Nigeria. He obtained his PhD in Economics under the collaborative PhD programme of the African Economic Research Consortium (AERC) from University of Ibadan. He is an alum of the Brown International Advanced Research Institutes (BIARI) of Brown University. He had a post-Ph.D. fellowship at the Development Research Department (EDRE), African Development Bank (AfDB), Abidjan in Cote d’Ivoire.

His thesis on Extra-ECOWAS trade flows and transmission of international business cycles uses heterogeneous panel data to assess business cycle slipovers through cross-border trade. His research interests are in the areas of international trade, agricultural economics, and economic growth focusing mainly on Africa, while he teaches econometrics, international economics, and macroeconomics at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. As a BITSS Catalyst, his desire is to advance transparency in analysing complex and messy datasets which make research reproducibility difficult. His research articles have been published in African Development Review, Nigerian Journal of Economic and Social Studies, Health Economics Review, Iranian Economic Review and African Journal of Economic Policy among others. Dr. Olakojo has received prizes including the Nigerian Economic Society’s best Thesis award in 2015 and 2016 public interest essay prize on diagnosing Nigerian Economic Recession and finding solutions.