Prof. Abena Oduro

Professor Abena Oduro
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Abena D. Oduro is an Associate Professor in the Department of Economics at the University of Ghana, Legon. She holds an MLitt in Economics from the University of Glasgow in Scotland.

Her main areas of research are poverty analysis, gender and assets, international trade policy, WTO issues and economics of education. She is a member of an international research team that collected individual level asset data in Ecuador, Ghana and the state of Karnataka, India with a grant from the MDG 3 Fund of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs.  She coordinated the Ghana project. The research activities of the team were subsequently funded by grants from the Vanguard Foundation, UN Women and the UN Foundation. She is currently the principal investigator on a research project funded by the Swiss Programme for Research on Global Issues for Development (r4d programme) that is investigating the employment effects of different development policy instruments and a research project funded by World Vision Ghana on child marriage in Ghana. She is one of the guest editors of the Feminist Economics special issue (2014) on Engendering Economic Policy in Africa. 


Selected Publications

  1. Oduro, A. D. & Doss, C.R. (2018). Changing Patterns of Wealth Distribution: Evidence from Ghana. The Journal of Development Studies, DOI: 10.1080/00220388.2018.1430769
  2. Doss, C., Oduro, A.D., Deere, C.D., Swaminathan, H., Baah-Boateng, W. & Suchitra, J.Y. (2017) Assets and shocks: a gendered analysis of Ecuador, Ghana and Karnataka, India. Canadian Journal of Development Studies/Reveu canadienne d’etudes du developpement (RCD). DOI:10.1080/02255189.2017.1316244.
  3. Seshie-Nasser, H.A. & Oduro, Abena D. (2016). Delayed primary school enrolment among boys and girls in Ghana. International Journal of Educational Development, 49: 107-114.
  4. Oduro, A.D. & van Staveren, I. (2015). Engendering economic policy in Africa. Feminist Economics. 21 (3): 1-22. DOI: 10.1080/13545701.2015.1059467
  5. Agyei-Mensah, S., Ayee, J.A. & Oduro, A.D. (Eds.) (2014). Changing perspectives on the social sciences in Ghana, Dordrecht: Springer.
  6. Oduro, Abena & Nabalamba, A. (2015). Gender. In M. Ncube & C.L. Lufumpa (Eds.), The emerging middle class in Africa (pp. 149-169). Abingdon: Routledge.
  7. Oduro, Abena. D., Boakye-Yiadom, L. & Baah-Boateng, W. (2014). Asset ownership among rural and urban women in Ghana. In D.K. Twerefour, P. Quartey, L. Boakye-Yiadom & W. Baah-Boateng (Eds.), Readings on key economic issues in Ghana. University of Ghana Readers (pp.76-97). Accra: Digibooks.
  8. Oduro, Abena D. & Offei. E. L. (2014). The incidence of intra-industry trade between Ghana and its Ecowas trading partners. In D.K. Twerefour, P. Quartey, L. Boakye-Yiadom & W. Baah-Boateng (Eds.), Readings on key economic issues in Ghana. University of Ghana Readers (pp. 236-255). Accra: Digibooks.
  9. Oduro, A.D., Deere, C.D. & Catanzarite, Z. (2015). Women’s wealth and intimate partner violence: Insights from Ecuador and Ghana. Feminist Economics, 21(2) 1-29. DOI: 10.1080/13545701.2014.997774
  10. Oduro, A.D. (2015).Ownership of the place of residence in Ghana: A gender analysis. Journal of African Development, 17(1): 17-44.
  11. Oduro, A.D. & Boakye-Yiadom, L. (2014). Gender, migrant remittances and asset acquisition in Ghana. Ghana Social Science Journal, 11(1), 1-25.
  12. Deere, C, D., Oduro, A.D., Swaminathan, H. & Doss, C. (2013.) Property rights and the gender distribution of wealth in Ecuador, Ghana and India. Journal of Economic Inequality, 11(2), 249-265. DOI 10.1007/s10888-013-9241-z