I. Economic Development and Human Capital Theory

1. Monopsony Power in Migrant Labor Markets: Evidence from the United Arab Emirates, joint with Naidu, S. and Wang, Y., (2016). Journal of Political Economy, Number 6, Volume 124, pp. 1735–1792.  Find below the powerpoint link:

Worker Mobility in a Global Labor Market: Evidence from the UAE. Suresh Naidu, Yaw Nyarko, and Shing-Yi Wang  (2015)

2. “Preparing for Ebola Virus Disease in West African countries not yet affected: perspectives from Ghanaian health professionals” with Lewis Goldfrank, Gbenga Ogedegbe, Sari Soghoian, Ama de-Graft Aikins and the NYU-UG-KBTH Ghana Ebola Working Group, in Globalization and Health, Feb 26, 2015.

3. Education, Internal Remittances and Safety Nets in Africa: Some Evidence ” Joint with Kwabena Gyimah, Journal of African Development: Volume 17, Issue 1, Spring (2015).

4.“Africa at a Fork in the Road_ Taking Off or Disappointment Once Again” edited by Ernesto Zedillo, Haynie Wheeler and Olivier Cattaneo. Chapter 20, p355-363, (2014).

5. “Structure and Performance of Ethiopia’s Coffee Export Sector” with B. Minsten and S. Tamru, the Wine Journal, June 19, 2014.

6. The Oxford Handbook of Africa and Economics: Volume 2, Policies and Practices. Eds. Justin Lin and Celestin Monga, (2014).

7. “Experiences in designing a mobile GIS mapping tool for rural farmers in Ghana”  with Sunandan, C., Tong, T., Chen, J., Aman, A., Mufti, T., Nyarko, Y., Subramanian, L., (2013). Proceedings of the 4th Annual Symposium on Computing for Development. Article No. 28. (2013).

8. Labor Mobility, an Enabler for Sustainable Development”. Prepared for the Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research (ECSSR) Conference: Abu Dhabi, 14 – 15 May (2013).

9. “Sustaining High Economic Growth in Sub-Saharan Africa: Knowledge and the Structure of the Economy” Journal of African Economies, Volume 22, #1, (2013).

10. “Journal of African Development, Volume 13, #1. Special Issue: Africa and the Indian Ocean: Trade, Investments, Global Partnerships, and Lessons” , (2012).

11. “The Brain Drain in Africa” in the Oxford Companion to Economics in Africa (eds) Ernest Aryeetey, Shanta Devarajan, Ravi Kanbur and Louis Kasekende, Oxford University Press, USA, (2012).

12. “Rethinking the MDGs: Towards an Alternative Development Agenda post  2015,” United Nations Economic Commission for Africa Working Paper, (November 2011).

13. “The Returns to the Brain Drain and Brain Circulation in Sub-Saharan Africa: Some Computations Using Data from Ghana,” National Bureau of Economic Research, Working Paper 16813, Boston USA (Spring 2011).

14. “Social Safety Nets: The Role Of Education, Remittances And Migration,” with Kwabena Gyimah–Brempong and Klaus Hellwig, European Report on Development, European Union, Brussels, (2011).

15. “Review of African Household Survey Data on Social Safety-nets and the Role of Education, Remittances and Migration” with Kwabena Gyimah-Brempong and Klaus Peter-Hellwig, European Report on Development, European Union, Brussels, (2011).

16. “EU Policies and African Human Capital Development” in the European Report on Development, forthcoming, (2010).

17. “The United Arab Emirates: Some Lessons in Economic Development” UN University World Institute for Development Economics Research (UNU–WIDER) volume “Country Role Models,” Working Paper No. 2010/11, (February 2010), republished in Achieving Development Success: Strategies and Lessons from the Developing World, Augustin K. Fosu (ed)., Oxford University Press, March 2013.

18. “Is the Brain Drain Good for Africa?” with William Easterly in “Skilled Migration today: Prospect, Problems and Policies,” (eds) Jagdish Bhagwati and Gordon Hanson, Oxford University Press, USA (April 21, 2009)

19. Journal of African Development, volume 12, #1 Special Issue: Africa and the Gulf Conference 2009: with Silvana Melitsko,  (Spring 2010).

20. “Stepping Stone Mobility” with Boyan Jovanovic, Carnegie–Rochester Conference Series on Public Policy, Volume 46, pp. 289–326, (June 1997).

21. “THE BAYESIAN FOUNDATIONS LEARNING BY DOING,” with Boyan Jovanovic, Econometrica, Volume 64, #6, pp. 1299–1310, (1996).

22. “A Bayesian Learning Model Fitted to a Variety of Empirical Learning Curves,” with Boyan Jovanovic, Brookings Papers on Economic Activity: Microeconomics Issue (1), 247–299, (1995).

23. “The Transfer of Human Capital,” with Boyan Jovanovic, Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control, Volume 19, 1033–1064, (1995).

24. “Research and Productivity,” with Boyan Jovanovic, in Creation and Transfer of Knowledge: Institutions and Incentives, (eds) Giorgio Barba Navaretti, Partha Dasgupta, Karl–Göran Mäler, Domenico Siniscalco.

25. “The New Growth Theory,” Chapter in The Encyclopedia of Life Support Systems (EOLSS), UNESCO, (eds) Mukul Majumdar, in Fundamental Economics, (2002).


II. Experimental Economics

1. “An Experimental Study of Belief Learning Using Elicited Beliefs,” joint with Andrew Schotter, Econometrica, (2002). (Please click here for the data for this paper)

2. “On the Informational Content of Advice: A Theoretical and Experimental Study,” with Andrew Schotter and Barry Sopher, Economic Theory, (2005).


III. Game Theory and Bayesian Learning Models

1. “Most Games Violate the Common Priors Doctrine,” International Journal of Economic Theory, 6 , 187–192, (2010).

2. “Bayesian learning and convergence to Nash equilibria without common priors” Economic Theory, Volume 11, #3, 643–656 (1998).

3. “Convergence in Economic Models with Bayesian Hierarchies of Beliefs,” Journal of Economic Theory, Volume 74, #2, 266–296, (1997).

4. “Savage–Bayesians Play a Repeated Game,” in The Dynamics of Norms, (eds.) C. Bicchieri, R. Jeffrey, and B. Skyrms, Cambridge University Press, (1996).

5. “Savage Bayesian Models of Economics,” with N. Kiefer in “Essays in Learning and Rationality in Economics and Games” (eds.) A. Kirman and M. Salmon, Basil Blackell Press, (1995).

6. “Symposium: Bounded rationality and learning,” with N. Yannelis and M. Woodford, Economic Theory, Volume 4, #6, 811–820 (1994).

7. “Bayesian Learning Leads to Correlated Equilibria in Normal Form Games,” Economic Theory, Volume 4, #6, 821–841 (1994).

8. “On the Convexity of the Value Function in Bayesian Optimal Control Problems,” Economic Theory, Volume 4, 303–309, (1994).

9. “Learning in Mis–Specified Models and the Possibility of Cycles,” Journal of Economic Theory, Volume 55, 416–427, (1991).

10. “On the convergence of Bayesian Posterior Processes in Linear Economic Models, Counting Equations and Unknowns,” Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control, Volume 15, 687– 713, (1991).

11. “Optimal bayesian control of a nonlinear regression process with unknown parameters,” with N. Kiefer, Lecture Notes in Control and Information Sciences, Springer Verlag, (1989).

12. “Optimal Control of an Unknown Linear Process with Learning” with N. Kiefer, International Economic Review, Volume 30, #3, pp. 571–586, (1989).

13. “Control of a Linear Regression Process with Unknown Parameters,” with N. Kiefer in “Dynamic Econometric Modelling” (eds) W. Barnet and H. White, Cambridge University Press, (1988).

14. “Optimal Bayesian Control of a Nonlinear Regression Process with Unknown Parameters“, Modeling and Control of Systems, Lecture Notes in Control and Information Sciences Volume 121, 1989, pp 355-362.


IV. Growth Theory

1. “Optimal Growth with Unobservable Resources and Learning,” with Lars Olson, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization,  Volume 29, pp. 465–491, (May 1996).

2. “Stochastic Growth When Utility Depends on Both Consumption and the Stock Level,” with Prof. Lars Olson, Economic Theory, Volume 4, 791–797, (1994).

3. “On the Existence of Optimal Processes in Non–stationary Environments” with T. Mitra, Zeitshrift fur Nationalokonomie, Volume 53, 245–270, (1991).

4. “Stochastic Dynamic Models with Stock-Dependent Rewards,” with L. Olson, Journal of Economic Theory, Volume 55, 161–168, (1991).

5. “Dynamic Optimization Under Uncertainty: Non–convex Feasible Set” with M. Majumdar and T. Mitra, in “Joan Robinson and Modern Economic Theory,” (Ed.) G. R. Feiwel, MacMillan Press, New York, (1989).

6. “On Characterizing Optimality of Stochastic Competitive Processes” Journal of Economic Theory, Volume 45, #2, 316–329, (1988). Reprinted in “Decentralization in Infinite Horizon Economies,” Edited by M. Majumdar, Westview Press, (1992).


V. Miscellaneous

1. Review of “The Economy of Ghana Sixty Years after Independence” edited by Ernest Aryeetey and Ravi Kanbur, American Economic Association Journal of Economic Literature (2018), 56(2), pp. 697-701.

2. “Asymmetric Information and Remittances: Evidence from Matched Administrative Data” joint with Joseph, T., Wang, S. (forthcoming), American Economic Journal: Applied Economics.

Asymmetric Information and Remittances: Evidence from Matched Administrative Data.

3. “Transforming Rural Africa – Economics, Technology and Governance,” Journal of African Development (2017), 19(1), pp. 161-167.

4.“Food Price Volatility and Its Consequences: Introduction,” Edited with Arezki, R., Aynaoui, K., E., and Teal, F., (2016). Special Issue, Oxford Economic Papers, Volume 68, Number 3, July 2016.

5. “Rural Agricultural Markets: A Case Study in Ghana.”  Working paper prepared for the International Growth Center (London School of Economics), April 2016.

6. Commodity Exchanges in Africa: Transforming African Agriculture and Finance,” Policy Brief for the International Growth Center (London School of Economics), February 2016.

7. “The Truth is in the Eye of the Beholder: or Equilibrium in Beliefs and Rational Learning in Games“, C.V. Starr Center for Applied Economics, New York University in its series Working Papers with number 98-12.

8. “Learning, Quantal Response Equilibrium and Equilibrium in Beliefs“, C.V. Starr Center for Applied Economics, New York University in its series Working Papers with number 01-03.

9. “Comparing Learning Models With Ideal Micro-Experimental Data Sets” joint with Andy Schotter.

10. Review of the book “Games, Strategies and Managers,” by John McMillan, Journal of Economic Literature, XXXI, 890–891.