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Julius Agbor  

Research fellow in the Africa Growth Initiative at the Global Economy and Development Program

Julius Agbor is a research fellow in the Africa Growth Initiative at the Global Economy and Development Program at the Brookings Institution. He carries out policy analysis and applied research on long run economic growth, macroeconomic policy, and international political economy. He combines a wealth of experience from such diverse sectors as government, private sector, academia and think tank and also from working in developing, emerging market and developed economies.

Previously he served as assistant professor of economics at the University of the Western Cape (South Africa) where he offered undergraduate economics courses and provided research guidance leading to the award of Honors and Masters Degrees. Agbor is also a Research Fellow of the Department of Economics at Stellenbosch University (South Africa) where he contributes to the development of African Economic History Research. Before joining academia, Agbor worked as human resources and administration manager for a private telecommunications company in Cameroon (CreoLink Cameroon) and as an economist in the postal and telecommunications department of the government of Cameroon. He also consults for South African-based Africa Institute for Policy Analysis & Economic Integration (AIPA) and Light Africa Trade & Investment Consulting. He frequently reviews for Economic Research Southern Africa (ERSA) working paper series and the Economic History of Developing Regions Journal.

Agbor has strengths in both theoretical and empirical research and his cross-country studies stretch to the intersection of economics and political science. He has addressed the U.S. State Department’s Foreign Service Institute on Africa’s Economic Challenges. He is an alumnus of the Cambridge Advanced Programme on Rethinking Development Economics (CAPORDE), the Mo Ibrahim Residential School on Governance and a member of the American Economic Association. His research on colonial governance, conflict, famine and human capital is currently under review for publication in peer-reviewed journals.

Agbor is a Cameroonian national who received his Ph.D. in Economics at the University of Cape Town (South Africa), an M.Com. (cum laude) from the University of Western Cape (South Africa) and a Licence ès Sciences Economiques from the University of Yaoundé (Cameroon). He is currently pursuing a graduate certificate in international studies from the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at John Hopkins University in Washington, D.C.

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