The faculty is delighted to announce the appointment of Andrew Ojede as assistant professor of economics. In 2009, Dr. Ojede received his doctorate from Kansas State University, Manhattan, where he earned the 2008 Department of Economics Best Ph.D. Paper Award and the 2008 Emerson Award for Outstanding Research by a Fourth Year Graduate Student in Economics.
Dr. Ojede is originally from the Lira district in Kyoga County, Northern Uganda. He completed his undergraduate degree in economics at Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda, where he was named the best graduating undergraduate economist. He was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship with full funding to pursue his master’s degree at the University of North Texas.
Dr. Ojede’s research interests include macroeconomics, open economy macroeconomics, applied time series econometrics and development economics. His current research examines the propagation mechanism of real exchange rates shocks to key real sectors that constitute U.S. foreign trade. In his work, he provides both an empirical solution using the vector auto regressive model and a theoretical approach using a dynamic stochastic general equilibrium framework. Dr. Ojede’s recent research in the development economics area focuses on the role of innovation and technology spillovers in development.
While a graduate student, Dr. Ojede was active in both teaching and research. He taught principles of macro and microeconomics and intermediate macroeconomics. He presented a paper at the Allied Social Sciences Association entitled “The Impact of Trade and Exchange Rate Reforms on Trade Balances of Sub-Saharan African Countries: A Dynamic Panel Data Approach.” Two papers that he co-authored have been submitted to journals for publication: “Software Entrepreneurs in India’s Silicon City: Tigers, Copycats and Mixed Breeds” and “Structural Adjustment Program and Agricultural Productivity in Sub-Saharan Africa: A Stochastic Frontier Analysis.”
This fall and spring, Dr. Ojede will be teaching courses in principles of macroeconomics, intermediate macroeconomics and advanced macroeconomics.
Dr. Ojede’s wife, Annet, is finishing her master’s degree in public policy. They have two children.