Associate Professor of Economics, University of Ottawa
Dr. Roland Pongou’s primary research interests lie at the intersection of political economy, health human capital, and economic development. His work focuses on the microeconomic analysis of formal and informal institutions, and their impacts on various aspects of individual and societal wellbeing. His recent research investigates the institutional and historical roots of inequality, human capital accumulation, fertility transition, and female empowerment in African countries. He is also leading a project that analyzes the formation of social networks and their role in the spread of infectious diseases in multiethnic societies.
Dr. Pongou’s empirical work on the impacts of institutions draws on his theoretical research in the areas of political design, justice, and fairness in plural societies. His analytical approach combines economic theory, social network theory, and quantitative methods.
Dr. Pongou is an Associate Professor of Economics at the University of Ottawa. He is a recipient of multiple awards and fellowships. He was formerly a Visiting Scholar in the MIT Department of Economics. At Harvard, he was a Bell Fellow at the Center for Population and Development Studies, a Fellow in the Takemi Program in International Health, and a Scholar and Visiting Scientist in the Program on the Global Demography of Aging. He is an Affiliate of the Harvard Institute for Quantitative Social Science, the Director of Research at the Global Economic Institute for Africa, and a Fellow of the Pan-African Scientific Research Council. He is a member of the African Finance and Economic Association, the American Economic Association, the Canadian Economic Association, the Econometric Society, the International Union for the Scientific Study of Population, the National Economic Association, and the Population Association of America.