I completed my undergraduate study in Agricultural economics at the University of Ilorin, Nigeria where I was the Student Union President and also emerged as the best student in the department. Subsequently, I was retained as an academic staff and a lecturer in the Department and finished my MSc in Agricultural economics (2012). I am a recipient of the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) Merit Scholarship award for PhD, the Economics Studentship Award from the University of Manchester, and the Staff Development Award from University of Ilorin for my PhD in Economics.
I am currently a +4 PhD candidate in the Environmental and Resource Economics (ERE) Research Group RAG at The University of Manchester.
I am working on the resource curse. By the resource curse I mean the socio-economic and political externality that often accompanies natural resource exploration in oil and gas rich countries. I explore the resource curse thesis from a different perspective. Not as isolated speculations, but as an integral part of an economic, social and political outcome; one that builds on and reflects an underlying character upon which the extractive industries were built.
I argue in my first essay that understanding the resource curse demands a more general account of historical antecedents than is usually given by the current resource curse scholars. More importantly, this reflects the evolution of extractive institutions under the European colonial rule, and the socio-political atmosphere inherited by the post-colonial leaders. Exploring the resource curse from this perspective, I argue, might inform the basis for devising a useful institutional framework that addresses the imbalance in the social structure imposed during the colonial era, and one that emphasise the strengthening of human capital, access to education for all citizens and investment in programs that enhance social mobility.
My second essay extends the first and it centres on the volatility of commodity prices as the ‘quintessence’ of the resource curse based on the adverse effects it has on income. The consequence of the volatility curse on income shocks is increased when governments implement bad policy; which might reflect inherited institutions from colonial heritage, and which might lead to a reduction in well-being and the susceptibility of child health to adverse health conditions and mortality.
My third essay reflects on the quality of democratic elections in many oil-rich countries. My focus is on the informational problem in electoral markets and the inadequacy of citizens to holding the non-performing government responsible by voting out incompetence, and appropriating sanctions and rewards to non-performing elected public office holders in the context of oil windfall management. From these, I explore other indicators that perhaps seem relevant as regards holding government accountable and how intrinsically unimportant details like human rights protection can be considered an additional alternative to measuring accountability in resource rich countries.
I also have secondary interests in poverty measurements, land degradation and poverty traps, and food security.
Prof Ada Wossink
Dr Ron Chan
- Lecturer, Department of Agricultural Economics, University of Ilorin, Ilorin, Nigeria
- Graduate Teaching Assistant, Department of Economics, University of Manchester 2017-2018
Membership of learned professional societies
- Royal Economic Society
- The Econometric Society
- International Association of Agricultural Economics
- African Association of Agricultural Economics
Selected Conference Presentation and Attendance:
- Animashaun J.O. (2018). Colonialism, Institutional Quality and the Resource Curse. Paper presented at the 2018 Conference of the Centre for the Studies of African Economies (CSAE) Department of Economics, University of Oxford, U.K. March, 2018.
- Animashaun J.O (2018). Infant Mortality in Oil-Rich Countries: Evidence from Oil Price Shocks, European-Colonial Legacy and Nighttime Lights. Paper presented at the 2018 “What Works for Africa’s Poorest Children?" conference organised by UNICEF and the University of Manchester which was held in Kampala, Uganda
- Animashaun J.O. (2018). Land asset and food insecurity in gender-segregated rural households in Bangladesh. Paper presented at the 2018 International Conference of Agricultural Economics (ICAE) Conference in Vancouver, British Columbia, July 28 - August 2, 2018.
- Ibrahim, H.K, Animashaun, J.O; Belewu, K.Y., Amolegbe, K.B.; and Akinremi, A.M (2018). Agricultural Commercialization among Nigerian Small-scale Yam Farmers: The Contribution of Yam Minisett Technology Adoption. Paper accepted for presentation 22nd ICABR Conference "Disruptive Innovations, Value Chains, and Rural Development" World Bank, Washington DC, June 12-15, 2018.
- Animashaun, J. O. (2013): Strategies for Combating Global Food Insecurity: The Food Profligacy and Loss Nexus. Article published by the Innovative Ideas to Feed the World Young Professionals Conference FAO Headquarters, May 2013 Competition.
- Animashaun, J.O. (2013). Prospects of Agriculture Enterprise for Sustainable Economic Development: Success Story of University of Ilorin Moringa Value-Addition Activities. Invited paper presented at the 4th International Conference of the African Association of Agricultural Economists, September 22-25, 2013, Hammamet, Tunisia
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