Professor Nicholas Ngepah

Professor of Economics at the University of Johannesburg, South Africa.

He is an expert in quantitative research techniques, economic development and policy impact assessments, including assessment of spatial effects. He has wide range of experience on development issues, with core expertise in poverty, inequality, labour market dynamics and inclusive economic growth with related policies like international trade, regional integration health, industrialisation, energy and climate change. He has completed research exercises for international organisations like the World Bank, UK Overseas Development institute, African Economic Research Consortium; local research organisations Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, the IDRC, Oxfam and the South African Government. His most recent works include: Economic Growth, inequality and State Fragility nexus; economic inclusion and state fragility in Africa; Poverty effects of regional and continental trade-integration in Africa; climate change and economic growth projections, inclusive growth theories and practise; value chains and the poor in Southern Africa. His recent work on the SDGs in Africa formed part of the bases of the policies debated in the context of the first 1000 days of the SDGs implementation under Development Progress. He has previously served as economic expert at the South African Competition Commission, where he led impact assessments of market structures and spearheaded investigation of cases of anticompetitive practices and merger evaluation, involving pricing behaviours and broader impacts. He has undertaken various projects involving large multi-country surveys and data analyses in Southern Africa. In his role as Professor of Economics at the University of Johannesburg, he lectures microeconomics and micro econometrics-related subjects and coordinates the PhD and Masters Research Degree programme at the School of Economics. He supervises PhDs and Masters Research students in various economic development-relevant topics. He has initiated and established the agenda for the African Institute for Inclusive Growth, an emerging think tank that deals with issues of inclusive economic development in Africa. He has published widely.