Ruth Uwaifo Oyelere holds a Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. 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 welfare impacts of a crop marketing program in Zambia. 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 include: first, estimating the impact of the 6-3-3-4 system in Nigeria on labor market outcomes. Second, estimating the direct impact of conflict on attainment in Colombia and also examining the impact of armed conflict on welfare outcomes in Nigeria. Third, testing for a relationship between marriage market prospects and homeownership among the never married. Fourth, estimating the impact of alcohol consumption by parents on children's education attainment in a developing country.

She joined IZA as a Research Fellow in September 2007.


IZA Publications

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