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Nkechi S. Owoo

Associate Professor of Economics
University of Ghana
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Nationality: Ghana
Gender: F

Member since: 2017
Membership No: 43043
Membership Type: regular

Field of Study: Economics

Specialization: Economic Demography, Families and Households, Fertility, Income, Poverty and Welfare, Population and Development, Reproductive Health (Family Planning), Spatial Analysis (and Geographic Information)

Regional focus: Sub-Saharan Africa

Education: Doctorate (Ph.D, MD) , 2012 , Clark University , Economics

Working languages: English

Other association membership in population or related fields: Population Association of America (PAA), Union for African Population Studies (UAPS)

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Nkechi S. Owoo is an Associate Professor of Economics at the University of GhanaShe is also a Research Associate with the Ghana node of the African Centre of Research on Inequality Research (ACEIR) and a Senior Research Fellow at the Environment for Development institute. She also functions as a Research Fellow at the Population Institute, based in Washington DC, USA; the University of Pretoria at Future Africa; is a Visiting Scholar at the University of Bristol, UK; and represents the Africa region on the Council of the International Union for the Scientific Study of Population (IUSSP) for the period 2022 – 2025.

Her research focuses on spatial econometrics in addition to poverty and inequality, health and demographic economics, as well as environmental sustainability, more recently. 

She received her Masters and PhD in Economics from Clark University, Massachusetts, in 2009 and 2012, respectively.


1.    Owoo, N. S., Agadjanian, V. and Chama-Chiliba, C. (2021). Revisiting the Polygyny-Intimate Partner Violence Connection: The Role of Religion and Rank. Journal of Marriage and Family,

2.   Owoo, N.S., Lambon-Quayefio, M.P. (2021) Does Job Security Affect Fertility and Fertility Intentions in Ghana? Examining the Evidence. Journal of Family and Economic Issues


3.   Lambon-Quayefio, M. P. & Owoo, N. (2020). Investigating the Long-Term Effects of Child Labour on Household Poverty and Food Insecurity in Ghana. Journal of Demographic Economics, 1- 27

4.   Owoo, N. (2020). Demographic Considerations and Food Security in Nigeria. Journal of Social and Economic Development


5.   Owoo, N. (2020). Occupational Prestige and Women’s Experience of Intimate Partner Violence in Nigeria, Feminist Economics26 (4), 56- 88