The international path of a student of Economics of Innovation

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Wednesday, December 22, 2021
Pamela Efua Ofori

The path of Pamela Efua Ofori is an example of empowerment for women in a discipline, economics, that has long been seen as a stronghold of men.
She got her BSc in Mathematics with Economics in 2018 from the Department of Mathematics and Physical Science of the University of Cape Coast, Ghana, one of the best universities of the African continent.

In 2018-2019 she was teaching and research assistant at the Department of Data Science and Economic Policy, School of Economics of the same institution, where she assisted lectures and organised tutorials for several courses. During the summer she was also field enumerator for a UNICEF & UNFPA Project, at the Department of Population and Health of the same University. In 2019 she moved to Spain, where she completed the Master’s Degree in Economics at the Universidad de Granada, through a scholarship awarded by the Fundación Mujeres Por África. Despite the pandemic, in 2020-2021 she came to Italy to attend the curriculum Economics of Innovation of the MSc GEEM, at our University. After a brilliant first year, she was selected for the double degree with the FSU Jena, where she is now taking several courses of the MSc in Economics - Innovation and Change. Between the Italian year and the German one, during the summer of 2021 she did an internship program with ASPROWORDA on the project “The Synergy between Governance and Economic Integration in Promoting Female Economic Inclusion in Sub-Saharan Africa”. While in Varese she attended several quantitative courses: Quantitative Methods for Management, Econometrics of Competitive and Regulated Markets, and Seminar in Machine Learning and Big Data Analysis. In these courses she learnt to use R and she mastered some advanced techniques of estimation coming from statistics and machine learning. Then she started collaborating with her former professors of the University of Cape Coast, Ghana, and not only, by providing them with the expertise she had learnt in the meanwhile. This has led her to publish several papers in international journals.
 
“Remittances, natural resource rent and economic growth in Sub-Saharan Africa” by Pamela Efua Ofori, and Daryna Grechyna has been published in “Cogent Economics & Finance” in 2021.
It studies the joint effect of oil rent fluctuations and remittances received on economic growth in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA).“Addressing the Severity and Intensity of Poverty in Sub-Saharan Africa: How Relevant is the ICT and Financial Development Pathway?” by Isaac Kwesi Ofori, Pamela Efua Ofori, Mark Kojo Armah, and Francis Taale has been published in “Heliyon” in 2021 and studies the effectiveness of Information and Communication Technologies diffusion and financial development in reducing the severity and intensity of poverty in SSA.“What Drives Financial Sector Development in Africa? Insights from Machine Learning” by Isaac Kwesi Ofori, Pamela Efua Ofori, and Christopher Quaidoo has been accepted in “Applied Artificial Intelligence”. It exploits regularization techniques used in machine learning to identify the key drivers of financial development in Africa.

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