Ruth Uwaifo Oyelere holds a Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. She graduated First class Honors from the University of Ibadan. She is currently an Associate Professor at Agnes Scott College.

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.

Dr Oyelere's past published research can be found in several leading journals. Her recently published joint research focused on estimating the impact of conflict on labor supply. Some questions explored through her individual and joint past research include: estimating the role of policy on changes in returns to education in Venezuela and Nigeria; precisely estimating the returns to education in Nigeria; investigating the determinants of immigrant homeownership and the role of networks during the great recession; delving into the question of if increases in children with limited English in public schools have any effect on performance of native students, and providing answers to if the level of development of an immigrant's home country matters for entrepreneurship in the U.S.

Some of the questions her current joint research projects are focused on include: first, estimating the impact of armed conflict on welfare outcomes in Nigeria. Second exploring the evolution of inequality in Nigeria and the determinants of changing inequality. Third, testing for a relationship between marriage market prospects and homeownership among the never married. Fourth, exploring the correlate of housing vulnerability during the COVID-19 pandemic and examining demographic heterogeneity.

She joined IZA as a Research Fellow in September 2007.



IZA Discussion Paper No. 14579
John Chiwuzulum Odozi, Ruth Uwaifo Oyelere
forthcoming in: Agricultural and Resource Economics Review, 2021
IZA Discussion Paper No. 12570
John Chiwuzulum Odozi, Ruth Uwaifo Oyelere
IZA Discussion Paper No. 9935
published in: Housing Studies, 2019, 34:1, 162-187
IZA Discussion Paper No. 8384
published in: Review of Economics and Institutions, 2018, 9 (2), Article 1
IZA Discussion Paper No. 7856
published in: American Economic Review: Papers & Proceedings, 2014, 104 (5), 412-417
IZA Discussion Paper No. 7468
published in: International Migration Review, 2018, 52(3), 648-694
IZA Discussion Paper No. 5668
Ruth Uwaifo Oyelere, Maharouf Oyolola
published in: The Review of Black Political Economy, 2012, 39 (3), 285-297
IZA Discussion Paper No. 5071
revised version published in: Small Business Economics, 2013, 41 (1), 25-39
IZA Discussion Paper No. 4659
Ruth Uwaifo Oyelere, Maharouf Oyolola
revised version published as 'Do Immigrant Groups Differ in Welfare Usage? Evidence from the U.S.A' in: Atlantic Economic Journal, 2011, 39 (3), 231-247
IZA Discussion Paper No. 4206
published in: Economics of Education Review, 2011, 30 (6), 1348-1369
IZA Discussion Paper No. 4178
revised version published in: American Economic Review, 2012, 102(3), 538-542
IZA Discussion Paper No. 3766
revised version published as 'Have returns to education changed in Nigeria? Uncovering the role of democratic reforms' in: Journal of African Economies, 2011, 20 (5), 737-780
IZA Discussion Paper No. 3221
published as 'Disparities in the Benefits from Democratic Reform in Nigeria: A Gender Perspective' in: Developing Economies, 2010, 48 (3), 345–375
IZA Discussion Paper No. 3097
published in: Journal of Development Economics, 2010, 91 (1), 128-139
IZA Discussion Paper No. 3082
published in: Journal of African Development, 2008, 10 (1), 11-31