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Ruth Uwaifo Oyelere

Ruth Uwaifo Oyelere

Associate Professor/Chair of Economics & Business Management

Phone: 404.471.6318
Office Location: Campbell 218

Academic Degrees

  • B.Sc., University of Ibadan, Nigeria
  • M.Sc., University of California, Berkeley
  • Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley

Teaching and Scholarly Interests

Professor Oyelere's research interests fall into four main fields: development economics, labor and demographic economics, education economics and health economics. However, most of her current and past research lies at the intersection of two or more of these fields. Her teaching interests include labor economics, microeconomics, development economics and senior research seminar.

Professional Activities

Professor Oyelere is a research fellow at both the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) and the Global Labor Organization (GLO). She is also a research affiliate of Households in Conflict Network (HiCN). Her past published research can be found in several leading journals including Journal of Development Economics (JDE), American Economic Review (P&P) and Small Business Economics. She is a member of the American Economic Association (ASSA) and National Economic Association (NEA). She is also a Board Director of the African Finance and Economics Association (AFEA).

Her recent publications include:

  • "Childhood trauma among Chinese inmates." China Economic Review 73 (2022): 101794, with Liu, H., Ackert, L. F., Chang, F., Qi, L., & Shi, Y.
  • "Does violent conflict affect the labor supply of farm households? The Nigerian experience," forthcoming in Agricultural and Resource Economics Review, with John Odozi.
  • "Do crop purchase programs improve smallholder welfare? The case of Zambia's Food Research Agency," Agricultural Economics 51, no. 4 (2020): 519-533, with Winnie Fung, Lenis Sawedo O. Liverpool-Tasie and Nicole M. Mason.


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