William Baah-Boateng

Senior Lecturer, Economics, University of Ghana

PhD (Economics) in 2009 at University of Ghana (with coursework at Harvard University)
M. Phil (Economics) in 1999; University of Ghana
BA (Hons) in Economics (Single major) with Sociology; University of Ghana
GCE “A” Level 1991, Kumasi High School
GCE “O” Level 1989, Akumadan Secondary School

Analysis of the labour market and labour relations, poverty and gender issues, SME development, and development economics

1. Labour market impact of immigration
2. Determinants of Occupational Choice of Ghanaian Workers”
3. Effects of innovations on employment
4.Women in mining

Graduate Level
Econ 731: Labour Economics I (PhD)
Econ 732: Labour Economics II (PhD)
Econ 631: Labour Economics I
Econ 632: Labour Economics II
EPMP 616: Applied Quantitative Analysis

Undergraduate Level
Econ 441: Economic Theory I (Micro)
Econ 443: Econometrics I
Econ 444: Econometrics II;
Econ 459: Labour Economics I
Econ 462: Labour Economics II



Twerefou D. K., Quartey P. Boakye-Yiadom L., and Baah-Boateng W. (eds.) (2014) Readings on Key Economic Issues in Ghana, Digibooks Publication
Baah-Boateng W (2012) Labour Market Discrimination in Ghana: A Gender Dimension, LAMBERT Academic Publishing, Germany
Oduro A., W. Baah-Boateng and L. Boakye-Yiadom (2011) Measuring the Gender Asset Gap in Ghana, University of Ghana and Woeli Publishing Services, Accra Ghana

Book Chapters

4. Boakye-Yiadom L., Baah-Boateng W. and Oduro A. D. (2014) “The Study and Practice of Economics in Ghana” in Agyei-Mensah, Aryee and Oduro (ed.) Changing Perspectives on the Social Sciences in Ghana, pp. 135–158, Springer Publication ISBN: 9401787158

5. Oduro A. D., Boakye-Yiadom L and Baah-Boateng W (2014) “Asset Ownership among rural and urban women in Ghana” in Twerefou D. K., Quartey P., Boakye-Yiadom L., and Baah-Boateng W. (edited) Readings on Key Economic Issues in Ghana, pp. 76-97 Digibooks Publication

6. Aryeetey, E., Baah-Boateng W, Ackah C, Mbiti, I and Lehrer, K. (2014) “Ghana” in Hino and Ranis (ed.) Youth and Employment in Sub-Saharan Africa: Working but Poor, Routledge Publication, pp. 221-292, ISBN: 9780415859387

7. Baah-Boateng W and Ewusi K, (2013) “Employment: Policies and Options” in Ewusi K. (ed.) “Policies and Options for Ghana’s Economic Development” 3rd Edition, pp. 190-221; Institute of Statistical Social and Economic Research (ISSER), University of Ghana, Legon Publication

8. Baah-Boateng W (2012) “Review of Employment Creation Challenges, Relevant Policies and Employment Promotion Initiatives in Ghana” in Date-Bah (ed.) Ghana’s Employment Challenges pp. 123-151, Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences Publication Accra, ISBN: 9964-950-43-8

Ackah C. and Baah-Boateng W. (2012) Trends in Growth, Employment and Poverty in Ghana in Ackah C. and Aryeetey E. (ed.) Globalisation, Trade and Poverty in Ghana, pp. 33-49, Sub-Saharan Africa Publishers, Accra Ghana, ISBN: 978-9988-647-36-0
Sparreboom Theo and Baah-Boateng W (2011) GHANA: Economic Growth and better labour market outcomes but challenges remain in Sparreboom T. and Albee A. (ed.) Towards decent work: Monitoring MDG1B employment Indicators in Sun-Saharan Africa, pp. 143-158 International Labour Organisation, Geneva, Switzerland, ISBN: 978-92-2-124942-9
Baah-Boateng, W. (2008) Employment Generation for Poverty Alleviation in Amoako-Tuffour J. and Bartholomew A. (ed.) Poverty Reduction Strategies in Action: Perspectives and Lessons from Ghana, pp. 223-242, Lexington Books A Division of Roman and Littlefield Publishers Inc. United States of America, ISBN: 978-0-7391-1010-2
Baah-Boateng, W. and Turkson, E. F. (2005) Employment, in E. Aryeetey (ed.) Globalisation, Employment and Poverty Reduction: A Case Study of Ghana, pp. 104-139, ISSER publication, University of Ghana, Accra, ISBN: 9964-75-050-1
Baah-Boateng, W. and Turkson, E. F. (2005) Openness, Income Distribution and Poverty in E. Aryeetey (ed.) Globalisation, Employment and Poverty Reduction: A Case Study of Ghana, pp. 210-240, ISSER publication, University of Ghana, Accra ISBN: 9964-75-050-1
Baah-Boateng, W. (2003) Poverty Alleviation through Social Dialogue: The Role of Trade Unions in Ghana in Mwamadzingo M. and Saleshando D. (ed.) Trade Unions and Poverty Alleviation in Africa pp. 141-146 Bureau of Workers Activities, International Labour Office (ILO), Geneva, Switzerland, ISBN: 92-2-114143-8
Baah-Boateng, W and A. Baah-Nuakoh (2003) Demand for Carbonated Soft Drinks in Ghana in Baah-Nuakoh A. (2003) Studies on the Ghanaian economy, Vol. 3” by pp. 143-163, Woeli Publishing Services, Accra Ghana, ISBN: 9964-978-94-4


Baah-Boateng W (2015) “Unemployment in Africa: does the general definition and measurement make it the major development challenge for policy?” International Journal of Manpower, forthcoming
Baah-Boateng W (2015) “Causes of Unemployment in Ghana: A Cross Sectional Analysis from Demand and Supply Perspectives”, African Journal of Economics and Management Studies, Vol. 6 No. 4, Emerald, ISSN: 2040-0705, forthcoming
Baah-Boateng W (2014),“Empirical Analysis of the Changing Pattern of Sex Segregation of Occupation in Ghana”, International Journal of Social Economics Vol. 41, Issue 8, Emerald, ISSN: 0306-8293
19. Nyarko, C., Baah-Boateng, W and Nketia-Amponsah, E. (2014) “The effect of search effort on the transition from unemployment to work: evidence from a cross-section of Ghanaian formal sector workers”, Journal of Self-Governance and Management Economics, Vol. 2, No. 2, pp. 44-60, Addleton academic publishers, New York, June

Nyarko, C., Baah-Boateng, W and Nketia-Amponsah, E. (2014) “Determinants of Job Search Intensity in Ghana” Journal of Applied Economic Research, Vol. 8, No. 2, pp. 193-211, SAGE Publication ISSN:0973-8029, May
Baah-Boateng W. (2013) “Determinants of Unemployment in Ghana”, African Development Review, Vol. 21, Issue 4, pp. 385-399, December, Wiley Publication, ISSN: 1467-8268
22. Alagidede, P., Baah-Boateng, W and Nketiah-Amponsah E. (2013) “The Ghanaian economy: an overview”, Ghanaian Journal of Economics (GJE), Vol.1, No. 1, pp. 1-33, December ISSN: 2309-8945

23. Baah-Boateng W., Nketia-Amponsah E. and Frempong R. (2013) “The Effect of Fertility and Education on Female Labour Force Participation in Ghana”, Ghanaian Journal of Economics (GJE), Vol.1, No. 1, pp. 108-127, December ISSN: 2309-8945

Baah-Boateng, W, Adjei P. and Oduro A. D. (2013) “Determinants of Moonlighting in Ghana: An Empirical Investigation”, African Review of Economics and Finance (AREF), Vol. 4, No.2, pp. 151 – 175, June South Africa
Baah-Boateng, W (2013) “Human Capital Development: The Case of Education as a vehicle for Africa’s Economic Transformation”, Legon Journal of International Affairs (LEJIA) forthcoming
Osei-Assibey E and W. Baah-Boateng (2012) “Interest Rate Deregulation and Private Investment: Revisiting the McKinnon and Shaw Hypothesis in Ghana”, The IUP Journal of Applied Economics, Vol. XI No.2 April pp. 12-30, India
Baah-Boateng, W (2007) “Measuring the extent of Gender Segregation in the Labour Market: Evidence from Ghana” Journal of Leadership, Management and Administration, Vol. 5, No. 1 June pp. 57-81, GIMPA, Accra

Working Papers

Doss C., Baah-Boateng, W., Boakye-Yiadom, L., Catanzarite, Z., Deere, C. D., Swaminathan, H., Lahoti, R., and Suchitra J.Y. (2013) “Measuring Personal Wealth in Developing Countries: Interviewing Men and Women about Asset Values, Working Paper Series: No. 15. Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore
Oduro A. D, Baah-Boateng W., and Boakye-Yiadom L. (2012) “Asset Ownership and Egalitarian Decision-Making among Couples: Some Evidence from Ghana” Working Paper Series: No. 14. Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore
Oduro A. D, Baah-Boateng W., and Boakye-Yiadom L. (2010) “Asset Accumulation by Women in Ghana: Understanding the Process, Working Paper Series: No. 4. Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore
Baah-Boateng W. (2009) “Expanding Employment and Integrating the Informal Sector”, African Centre for Economic Transformation Issue Paper 6, July
Baah-Boateng W & A. B. Banful (2008) “Rwanda’s Economic Transformation: Strategic Learning from Asia’s Growth”, African Centre for Economic Transformation Paper Series No. 5, November, ACET, Accra
Aryeetey E. and W. Baah-Boateng (2007) “Growth, Investment and Employment in Ghana”, Policy Integration Department, International Labour Office, Working Paper No. 80, March, ILO, Geneva, Switzerland,


  • –present
    Senior Lecturer, Economics , University of Ghana