Nkechi S. Owoo

Associate Professor of Economics
University Of Ghana


Field of Study: Economie
Specialization: Culture, religion et ethnicité, Démographie économique, Familles et ménages, Fécondité, Differenties des rôles par genre, Revenu, pauvreté et aide sociale, Marché du travail / Emploi, Mortalité, santé et longévité, Population et développement, Population et environnement, Spatial Analysis (and Geographic Information)
Regional focus: Afrique sub-saharienne
Education: Doctorat (Ph.D, MD), Clark University, Economie, 2012
Working languages: Anglais
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 (PhD) is an Associate Professor of Economics at the University of Ghana. Currently on Sabbatical, she is based at the World Bank’s Development Economics Research Group (DECRG) in Washington DC. Among other affiliations, she is a Research Fellow at local and international organisations such as the Partnership for Economic Policy (PEP) in Nairobi, Kenya; Population Institute in Washington DC; as well as the African Centre of Excellence for Inequality Research (ACEIR) and the Environment for Development (EfD) institute, both in Accra, Ghana. She has also been a Visiting Research Fellow at Cornell University and the University of Michigan, both in the US, as well as the University of Pretoria in South Africa and the University of Bristol in the UK. She currently represents the Africa region on the Governing Board of the International Union for the Scientific Study of Population (IUSSP) based in France and is an Invited Researcher with the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (JPAL). Prof Owoo has been featured as part of the International Economic Association’s (IEA) Featured Economist series, as well as JPAL’s African Scholar Spotlight blog series. She has also been a resource person for the World Bank, International Labour Organisation (ILO), Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO), International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), as well as the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). Her research focuses on spatial econometrics, health and…


1) Owoo, N. S. (2023). Patriarchal norms, partner pronatalism and women’s fertility intentions in Ghana. African Journal of Reproductive Health, 27 (2): 76- 86
2) Owoo, N. S. (2022). Couple’s Decision-making Power, Women’s Labour Market Outcomes and Asset Ownership. Population Research and Policy Review, DOI: 10.1007/s11113-022-09732-4
3) 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, Vol 83 (5): 1310- 1331. http://doi.org/10.1111/jomf.12777
4) Owoo, N. S. & Lambon-Quayefio, M. P. (2021). Mixed Methods Exploration of Ghanaian Women’s Domestic Work, Childcare and Effects on their Mental Health. PlosOne 16 (2) https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0245059
5) Lambon-Quayefio, M. P. & Owoo, N. S. (2021). Investigating the Long-Term Effects of Child Labour on Household Poverty and Food Insecurity in Ghana. Journal of Demographic Economics, 87 (4): 561-587 http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/dem.2020.29