Eric is a lecturer in Economics at LUG. Prior to his appointment, Eric worked as a Graduate Teaching Assistant at The University of Leicester, where he won the 2015 award for outstanding teaching. Eric's particular interests are in poverty, household consumption, migration and remittances, financial development and institutions.
Before his research career, Eric worked as a Principal Budget Analyst at the Ghana Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning. He is an alumnus of the Universities of Ghana (Legon) and Manchester (UK). He obtained his PhD in Economics from the University of Leicester, UK. He has published in renowned peer-reviewed journals including the Quarterly Review of Economics and Finance, Journal of Ecomonic Policy and Reform, South African Journal of Economics, African Development Review and International Journal of Social Economics.
Eric is an active referee for the World Development, Journal of Applied Economics, Economic Modelling, Agricultural Economics, African Development Review, South African Journal of Economics and International Journal of Social Economics.
Refereed Journal Publications
Akobeng, Eric (2016). `Out of inequality and poverty: Evidence for the effectiveness of remittances in Sub-Saharan Africa.' Quarterly Review of Economics and Finance, Vol. 60, Issue 1, pp. 207-223, Elsevier (doi: 10.1016/j.qref.2015.10.008).
Akobeng, Eric (2016). `Growth, and institutions: A potential medicine for the poor in Sub-Saharan Africa.' African Development Review, Vol. 28, Issue 1, pp. 1-17, Blackwell Publishing Limited (doi: 10.1111/1467-8268.12163).
Akobeng, Eric (2016). `Fixed capital formation, institutions and poverty in Sub-Saharan Africa.' Journal of Economic Policy Reform, pp. 1-29, Taylor and Francis Group (doi: 10.1080/17487870.2015.1128833).
Akobeng, Eric (2017). `The invisible hand of rain in spending: Effect of agricultural income on per capita expenditure in Ghana.' South African Journal of Economics, Vol. 85 Issue 1, pp. 1-25, John Wiley & Sons Inc. (doi: 10.1111/saje.12131).
Akobeng, Eric (2017). `Safety net for agriculture: Effect of idiosyncratic income shock on remittance payments.' International Journal of Social Economics, Vol. 44 Issue 1, pp. 1-25, Emerald (doi: 10.1108/IJSE-12-2014-0271).
Akobeng, Eric. `Economic recovery and structural adjustment in Ghana: The synthesis of the facts from policy perspective.' Forthcoming, Journal of Developing Areas/Tennessee State University College of Business (Project Muse).
Featured Press Articles
Post-publication international press release by the University of Leicester (United Kingdom) Press Office entitled : Migrant money puts aid in the shade – May 12, 2016.
Modern Ghana featured: Treat Ghana's economy beyond IMF's diagnosis – October 17, 2017.
Modern Ghana featured: Ghana's Growth and the missing jobs – April 29, 2018.
Modern Ghana featured: Set realistic Revenue Targets – August 6, 2018.
Modules: Economics & International Relations