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Nkechi S. Owoo

Nkechi S. Owoo is a Health and Demographic Economist at the Department of Economics at the University of Ghana. She holds an MA and PhD in Economics from Clark University, Massachusetts, USA.
Her main areas of research are poverty and inequality analysis, health and demographic economics and spatial econometrics.
Areas of Specialisation: Health and Demographic Economics, Poverty Analysis, Inequality Analysis, Economics of the Household, Spatial Econometrics.

Current Publications:
Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

1) Lambon-Quayefio, M. P. and Owoo, N. (2020). Investigating the Long-Term Effects of Child Labour on Household Poverty and Food Insecurity in Ghana. Journal of Demographic Economics (forthcoming).
2) Owoo, N. (2020). Demographic Considerations and Food Security in Nigeria. Journal of Social and Economic Development https://doi.org/10.1007/s40847-020-00116-y
3) Owoo, N. (2020). Occupational Prestige and Women’s Experience of Intimate Partner Violence in Nigeria, Feminist Economics, https://doi.org/10.1080/13545701.2020.1820064 
4) Piñeiro, V., Arias, J., Dürr, J., Elverdin, P., Ibáñez, A. M., Kinengyere, A., Opazo, C. M., Owoo, N., Page, J., Prager, S. D. and Torero, M. (2020). A scoping review on incentives for sustainable agricultural practices: from adoption to outcomes, Nature Sustainability, https://doi.org/10.1038/s41893-020-00617-y
5) Owoo, N., Lambon-Quayefio, M., Dávalos, J. and Manu, S. (2020). An Empirical Assessment of the Union 'Facilitation Effect' in the Ghanaian Labor Market. Oxford Development Studies, DOI: 10.1080/13600818.2020.1808603
6) Abubakari, M., Nketiah-Amponsah, E. and Owoo, N. (2019). Socio-economic Determinants of Life Expectancy in Sub-Saharan Africa. Ghanaian Journal of Economics, 7
7) Owoo, N., Lambon-Quayefio, M. P. and Onuoha, N. A. (2019). Abortion Experience and Self-Efficacy: Exploring Socioeconomic Profiles of Ghanaian Women. BMC Reproductive Health, 16 (117)
8) Owoo, N., Lambon-Quayefio, M. P. and Onuoha, N. A. (2019). Effects of Higher Spousal Earnings on Women's Social Empowerment in Ghana. Forum for Social Economics, DOI: 10.1080/07360932.2019.1627671
9) Owoo, N., Oduro, A. and Ackah, C. (2019). Exploring Firm Performance and Growth among Own-Account and Micro Enterprises in Ghana. International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business 38 (3), pp: 294- 311
10) Sarpong, B., Nketiah-Amponsah, E. and Owoo, N. (2018). Health and Economic Growth Nexus: Evidence from Selected Sub-Saharan African (SSA) Countries. Global Business Review 21 (2), pp: 1- 20
11) Ampaw, S., Nketiah-Amponsah, E., Owoo, N. and Senadza, B. (2018). Nonfarm Enterprise Participation and Healthcare Expenditure among Farm Households in Rural Ghana. International Journal of Social Economics 46 (1), pp: 18- 30. https://doi.org/10.1108/ijse-06-2017-0248
12) Ampaw, S., Nketiah-Amponsah, E., Senadza, B. and Owoo, N. (2018). Gender Perspective on Life Insurance Demand in Ghana. International Journal of Social Economics, 45 (12), pp: 1631-46
13) Lambon-Quayefio, M. P. and Owoo, N. (2018). Child labour, Future Earnings and Occupation Choice: Evidence from Ghana. International Journal of Social Economics, 45(12), pp:1590-1608. https://doi.org/10.1108/ijse-06-2017-0261
14) Asuman, D., Boakye-Yiadom, L. and Owoo, N. (2018). Understanding Why Households Foster-in Children: Evidence from Ghana. African Social Science Review, 9(1)
15) Owoo, N. (2018). Food Insecurity and Family Structure in Nigeria. SSM- Population Health, 4, pp: 117-125
16) Awalime, D. K., Davies-Teye, B., Vanotoo, L., Owoo, N. and Nketiah-Amponsah, E. (2017). Economic evaluation of 2014 cholera outbreak in Ghana: A household cost analysis. Health Economics Review, 7 (1).
17) Lambon-Quayefio, M.P. and Owoo, N. (2017). Determinants and the impact of the National Health Insurance on neonatal mortality in Ghana. Health Economics Review 7 (34) pp. 1-16
18) Owoo, N., Lambon-Quayefio, M. and Onuoha, N. (2017). The Role of Demographic and Socioeconomic Factors, Leave Policy and Government Institutions on CS Deliveries in Ghana. Journal of Public Health 25 (4)
19) Salifu, M., Alhassan S., Owoo, N. and Boakye-Yiadom, L. (2016). Effect of National Health Insurance Holding on the Choice of Health Facility for Childbirth in Ghana. Science Journal of Public Health 4 (1), pp: 26- 36
20)  Owoo, N. (2016). A Spatio-Temporal Analysis of Non-Farm Enterprise Performance in Uganda: 2010-2012. African Journal of Economic and Management Studies 7(4), pp: 535 – 546
21) Owoo, N. and Naude, W. (2016). Spatial Proximity and Firm Performance: Evidence from Non-Farm Rural Enterprises in Ethiopia and Nigeria. Regional Studies, 51 (5), pp: 688-700 DOI: 10.1080/00343404.2015.1131896
22) Owoo, N. (2016). Determinants of Choice of Economic Sector in the Non-Farm Economy in Ghana. African Journal of Economic and Sustainable Development, 5 (1), pp: 31-54
23) Agyei-Mensah, S. and Owoo, N. (2015). Explaining Regional Fertility Variations in Ghana. Journal of Population Research 32, pp: 157- 172; DOI: 10.1007/s12546-015-9147-7.
24) Owoo, N., Agyei-Mensah, S. and Onuoha, E. (2015). The Effect of Neighborhood Mortality Shocks on Fertility Preferences: A Spatial Econometric Approach. The European Journal of Health Economics 16 (6), pp: 629-645; DOI: 10.1007/s10198-014-0615-3.
25) Owoo, N. and Boakye-Yiadom, L. (2015). The Gender Dimension of the Effects of Land Tenure Security on Agricultural Productivity: Some Evidence from Two Districts in Kenya. Journal of International Development 27, pp: 917- 928 DOI: 10.1002/jid.3028.
26) Lambon-Quayefio, M. P. and Owoo, N. (2014). The Effect of Antenatal Care and Skilled Delivery on Neonatal Mortality in Ghana. Applied Health Economics and Health Policy 12 (5), pp: 511-22.
27) Owoo, N. and Lambon-Quayefio, M. P. (2013). National Health Insurance, Social Influence and Antenatal Care Use. Health Economics Review 3 (19) DOI: 10.1186/2191-1991-3-19.

Book Chapters
28) Owoo, N. and Lambon-Quayefio, M. (2020). The Role of the Construction Sector in Ghana in Page, J. & Tarp, F. (Eds.), Mining for Change: Natural Resources and Industry in Africa, 2020, Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK
29) Owoo, N. and Lambon-Quayefio, M. (2018). The Agro Processing Industry and Its Potential for Structural Transformation of the Ghanaian Economy in Page, J. and Tarp, F. (Eds.) Industries without Smokestacks: Industrialization in Africa Reconsidered, Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK
30) Owoo, N. and Page, J. (2017). Industrial Policy in Ghana: From a Dominant State to Resource Abundance in Aryeetey, E. and Kanbur, R. (Eds.), The Economy of Ghana Sixty Years after Independence. Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK
31) Aryeetey, E. and Owoo, N. (2017). Ghana’s Experiments with Business- Government Co-ordination in Page, J. and Tarp, F. (Eds.) The Practice of Industrial Policy: Government-Business Coordination in Africa and East Asia, Oxford University Press, Oxford UK

Working Papers
32) Owoo, N., Osei, R. and Afranie, S. (2020). Exploring the Dynamics of Micro- Level Consumption Inequality in Ghana. AFD Research Papers, No. 148, ISSN: 2492 - 2846
33) Boakye-Yiadom, L. and Owoo, N. (2017). Early Labour Market Transitions of Women in Low Income African Countries. A Descriptive Analysis for Ghana. Advancing Women in Africa, Working Paper 2
34) Owoo, N. and Naude, W. (2014). Non-Farm Enterprise Performance and Spatial Autocorrelation in Rural Africa: Evidence from Ethiopia and Nigeria, IZA Discussion Papers; Institute for the Study of Labour, (IZA). No. 8295.

Nkechi S. Owoo
Senior Lecturer
MA, PhD (Economics)
Interests: 
Health Economics, Economics of the Family; Gender Economics