Dr Ruth Uwaifo Oyelere joined the School of Economics, Georgia Institute of Technology in 2006 as an Assistant Professor. She is also a research fellow at the Institute for the study of Labor (IZA) Bonn Germany. Dr Ruth Uwaifo Oyelere holds a Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley.
Her research interests fall into four main areas: development economics, labor economics education economics and population economics. However, most of her current and past research lie at the intersection of two or more of these area. Her recent published research in leading economic journals is focused on precisely estimating the role of policy on changes in returns to education in Venezuela and Nigeria and precisely estimating the returns to education in Nigeria. She has also published research showing that the Black-White gap in entrepreneurship in the U.S exhibits intra-race heterogeneity and an immigrant's home country's level of development matters for entrepreneurship in the U.S. Her other published research findings show that birthplace matters for welfare usage in the U.S and gender differences exist in the welfare and labor market impact of democratic reform in Nigeria.
Her current joint research projects are focused on first, estimating the direct impact of conflict on enrollment and attainment in Colombia. Second, estimating the causal impact of an increase in immigrant children in public school in North Carolina on performance of native born children. Third, measuring the impact of moving from public housing on student's achievement in Atlanta and finally estimating causal effects of trauma on childhood obesity in the U.S.
American Economic Review Papers & Proceedings, 2012; 102 (3): 538–42. (joint with Willie Belton).
Journal of Development Economics
Vol. 91, Issue 1, January 2010, PP 128-139
Economics of Education Review
Volume 30, Issue 6, 2011. Pages 1348-1369. [Joint with Naihobe Gonzalez]
Forthcoming in Small Business Economics (with Willie Belton)
Journal of African Economies.
Vol. 20(5), 2011. pages 737-780.
Atlantic Economic Journal
Vol. 39, issue 3, 2011, pages 231-247. [Joint with Maharouf Oyolola].
Forthcoming in The Review of Black Political Economy [joint with Maharouf Oyolola].
Developing Economies. Vol 48, no. 3 (September 2010): pp 345-375.
joint with Tim Diette
Joint with Kate Wharton.