Dr. Angelica Njuguna

Dr Angelica Njuguna

Position: SeniorLecturer
Department: Econometrics and Statistics
Contact Address: P.O. Box 43844-00100, Nairobi, Kenya

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I have been for many years involved in policy and economic research, teaching and training African researchers for capacity building in Africa. I have written and co-authored several research, technical and policy papers in the area of economics such as growth, productivity, economic diversification, economic convergence, potential output and output gap, economic policies and regional integration.  These works were published in refereed international academic journals and some in forms of discussion papers and cited widely.  In terms of teaching and capacity building, one of my main achievements is the development of the curriculum for Masters in Econometrics degree at Kenyatta University, where I am currently serving as a Senior Lecturer.  I am often invited to conduct training in econometrics, research methods and computer applications which participants comprised of middle managers and policymakers from Ministries of Finance & Planning, Central Banks, and African Research Institutions (such KIPPRA and UNECA).  I have also been involved in teaching and training of post-graduate students both from Kenya (Kenyatta University) and other African countries both PhD and masters students in Econometrics theory and practice through my involvement in the African Economic Research Consortium (AERC) training program.  I am actively involved in peer reviewing of research papers and policy strategy documents from various African institutions such as MEFMI, ADB and AERC.

 Abstract of all research undertaken since 2010

Growth, Productivity and Diversification in Africa
Abstract:
The purpose of this research paper is to investigate the relationship among economic growth, productivity and diversification. The results have shown that deepening diversification leads to improvements in total factor productivity among other determinants in African economies. The significance of the link between diversification and economic growth in the case of African economies cannot be gainsaid. It means that African countries can scale up their economies’ growth by raising their total factor productivity through pursuing policies that enhance diversification.

Investment and Foreign Direct Investment in Africa

Abstract

This paper investigates the relationship between investment climate in particular the prevailing business regulations, and foreign direct investment (FDI) in Africa. As most FDI in Africa go to the resource seeking investments and benefits only a handful of countries, in particular the oil producing countries, the study shows that the small, non-resource country in Africa can increase their chance of attracting the much needed FDI to support development, if they would institute reforms that will improve the investment climate in their country through improving the business regulations that promotes friendly business environment. An empirical model was estimated using business regulations variable as one of the regressors among the other controlled variables. Indeed, the study found evidence that business rules and regulations are important in attracting FDI in Africa. This result counters the common perception that FDI in Africa is solely determined by the natural resource endowment. This has important policy implications given the importance of FDI for growth and employment and the fact that many African countries are embarking on costly regulatory and bureaucratic reforms to improve the investment climate without any guarantees of increased FDI inflows.

 On-going Research

Is Africa Rising? Evidence from Macroeconomic Convergence

Abstract

Some of the fastest growing economies in the world are from Africa. Thanks to the improve governance, stable macroeconomic environment and fiscal disciple. Since mid-1990s, many of the African countries showed economic recovery and growth have been sustained since then. The main challenge though is whether this growth has been sustained and whether African countries are able to significantly close the income gap between the continent and the rest of the world.

Sectoral Growth, Productivity and Structural Transformation in Africa

The recent growth phenomena in Africa may be explained by a combination of many factors. For commodity-rich countries with oil and minerals, the sources of growth were largely due to the high commodity prices in the international market and strong demand from the new emerging economies such China and India. However, growth across Africa benefited from the relatively stable macroeconomic environment such as the improved macroeconomic management and prudential macroeconomic policies. Despite these developments, there was a consensus among researchers and policymakers that growth in Africa has not been inclusive as it has not translated into employment and poverty reduction. The reason for this is that the main source of Africa’s economic growth is dependent on primary commodities. For example, mineral extracting industries are capital intensive, and therefore employed fewer labor compared to manufacturing, coupled with the fact that these industries have few linkages with the other sectors of the economy. Africa needs to undergo a structural transformation from commodity-dependent economy into high value-adding industries to achieve sustained and high economic growth in the long run, reduce poverty and improve the standard of living of the African citizen.

Publications

  • Nnadozie, E. and A. E. Njuguna, 2013, Investment Climate and Foreign Direct Investment in Africa, Paper presented at the 3rd Congress of African Economists, Hotel de Almadies under the theme: “Industrialization and Economic Emergence in Africa”, 6-8 March 2013,Dakar, Senegal

  • lNnadozie, E. and A. E. Njuguna, 2011, Investment Climate and Foreign Direct Investment in Africa, Paper presented at the 6th African Economic Conference, 25-28 October 2011, United Nations Conference Centre, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
  • Ben Hammouda, H., S. Karingi, A.E. Njuguna, M. Sadni-Jallab, 2010, “Growth, Productivity and Diversification in Africa”, Journal of Productivity Analysis 33(2), pp 125-146.
  • Ben Hammouda, H., S. Karingi, A.E. Njuguna, M. Sadni-Jallab, 2010, “Growth, Productivity and Diversification in Africa”, Journal of Productivity Analysis 33(2), pp 125-146.
  • Ben Hammouda, H., S. Karingi, A. E. Njuguna, and M. Sadni-Jallab, 2009, “Why doesn’t regional Integration Improve Income Convergence in Africa?”, African Development Review 21(2), pp 291-330.
  • Ben Hammouda, H., S. Karingi, A. E. Njuguna, and M. Sadni-Jallab, 2009, “Determinants of Diversification in Africa: A Continental Analysis”, Journal of World Investment and Trade 10(3).
  • Ben Hammouda, H., S. Karingi, A. E. Njuguna, and M. Sadni-Jallab, 2006), “Africa’s (Mis)fortunes in Global Trade and the Continent’s Diversification Regimes”, Journal of World Investment and Trade 7(4).
  • Ben Hammouda, H., S. Karingi, A. E. Njuguna, and M. Sadni-Jallab, 2007, “Does macroeconomics convergence lead to growth? The case of Africa”, in Africa’s Development Challenges and Opportunities in the Global Arena (Proceedings of the Africa Economic Conference 2007), Chapter 4, pp. 414-440, Economica, Paris.
  • Njuguna, A. E. and S. N. Karingi, 2007, “Macroeconomic policy space and African economies: An empirical sifting through reality and rhetoric”, in Africa’s Development Challenges and Opportunities in the Global Arena (Proceedings of the Africa Economic Conference 2007), Chapter 4, pp. 487-505, Economica, Paris.

Conferences

  • Nnadozie, E. and A. E. Njuguna, 2013, Investment Climate and Foreign Direct Investment in Africa, Paper presented at the 3rd Congress of African Economists, Hotel de Almadies under the theme: “Industrialization and Economic Emergence in Africa”, 6-8 March 2013, Dakar, Senegal
  • Nnadozie, E. and A. E. Njuguna, 2011, Investment Climate and Foreign Direct Investment in Africa, Paper presented at the 6th African Economic Conference, 25-28 October 2011, United Nations Conference Centre, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
  • Nnadozie, E. and A. E. Njuguna, 2010, Business Reforms and Foreign Direct Innvestment in Africa, Paper presented at the Workshop on Determinants and Effects of Trade and Foreign Direct Investment in Sub-Saharan Africa, 26-28 October 2010, Takoradi, Ghana, Organised by Institute of Statistical Social and Economic Research, Accra, Ghana and Ruhr-University of Bochum, Germany.
  • Njuguna, A. E., 2008, Macroeconomic Policies for Growth in Africa, Background paper presented at the Ad-hoc Expert Group Meeting on “Macroeconomic Policy, Productive Capacity and Growth in Africa, 24-25 November 2008, UNCC, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
  • Ben Hammouda, H., S. Karingi, A. E. Njuguna, and M. Sadni-Jallab, 2007, Why doesn’t regional Integration Improve Income Convergence in Africa? African Economic Conference at the United Nations Conference Center, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on 15-17 November 2007.
  • Njuguna, A. E. and S. N. Karingi, 2007, Macroeconomic policy space and African economies : an empirical sifting through reality and rhetoric, African Economic Conference at the United Nations Conference Center, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on 15-17 November 2007.
  • Ben Hammouda, H., S. Karingi, A. E. Njuguna, and M. Sadni-Jallab, 2007, Does macroeconomics convergence lead to growth?: The case of Africa, African Economic Conference at the United Nations Conference Center, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on 15-17 November 2007.
  • Njuguna, A. E. and A. N. Rambaldi, 2001, A Multi-Country Disequilibrium Solow-Swan Growth Model with an Application to the ASEAN Experience, Paper presented for the Econometric Society Australasian Standing Committee (ESASC) Inaugural Intensive Workshop for Young Scholars, Waikato Management School, Hamilton, New Zealand, 9-10 July 2001.
  • Njuguna, A. E. (1997), Econometric Analysis of Growth in Southeast Asia:  An Application of Dynamic Modelling, Paper Presented at the PhD Conference in Economics and Business, Perth, Australia, 5-7 November 1997.

 

 

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