Prof. Augustin Kwasi Fosu

Augustin Kwasi Fosu is Professor, Institute for Statistical, Social and Economic Research (ISSER), University of Ghana.

His other (honorary) appointments include: Extraordinary Professor, University of Pretoria, and CSAE Research Associate, Oxford University.

Among his previous positions are: Deputy Director, UN University-WIDER, Finland; Senior Policy Advisor/Chief Economist, UN ECA, Ethiopia; and Director of Research, African Economic Research Consortium (AERC), Kenya.

He holds both Master’s and PhD in Economics from Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, USA, and a Bachelor’s in Mathematics and Economics (with honors: distinction, Phi Beta Kappa) from Lawrence University, Appleton, Wisconsin, USA.

He has published widely, with certain rankings listing him among ‘top economists/authors’ in Africa and globally. Prof. Fosu is editor-in-chief, Journal of African Trade (Elsevier); co-managing editor, Journal of African Economies (Oxford); and is (or has been) on the editorial boards of many other journals, including: Journal of Development Studies, Oxford Development Studies, World Bank Economic Review, and World Development.

Prof. Fosu has also served in numerous advisory and consulting capacities for international organizations, including currently the International Panel on Social Progress (IPSP), and on the President of Ghana’s Economic Advisory Council (2012).

He is a recent recipient of the Elsevier Atlas award for his 2010 paper, ‘Growth, Inequality, and Poverty Reduction in Developing Countries: Recent Global Evidence’.

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