Akua Martinson

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Research Fellow + PhD Student (ADAPTED)

Institute of Development Research and Development Policy
Ruhr-University Bochum
Universitätsstr. 105, Room 2.01
44789 Bochum

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PhD Project

The effects of governmentally enforced minimum wages on formal sector employment

(The research project is part of ADAPTED, a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network project funded by the European Union under the Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme which is coordinated by the IEE.)

Based on the growth model for partially formalised economies, the PhD project will model and empirically test the transmission channels between minimum wages and formal sector job creation/employment and between formal sector job creation, economic growth and poverty reduction. Empirical testing will be based on panel data from SSA countries as well as on a case study from Ethiopia using time series. In the context of the case study, the PhD project will in addition carry out a labour survey to determine the employment status of the surveyed workers, distinguishing between employment in the formal sector and in the shadow economy, and informal employment.

Prof. Dr. Wilhelm Löwenstein (Institute of Development Research and Development Policy, RUB),
Prof. Dr. Rémi Bazillier (Centre d’Economie de la Sorbonne UP1, Centre National de Recherche Scientifique)

Research Interests

  • Development Macroeconomics
  • Economic Growth
  • Poverty reduction and employment creation


since 2021   PhD in International Development Studies (IEE, Ruhr-Universität Bochum) and PhD in Economics (CNRS, UP1 Sorbonne)
2015 - 2016   Master of Science in Development Economics
School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London – United Kingdom
2010 - 2014   Bachelor of Arts in Economics
Kwame Nkrumah University of Science & Technology – Ghana
(Second subject: Geography & Rural Development)

Previous Experiences

  • Project Officer, Board of Directors & Management Certification Training Programme. Deutsche Sparkassenstiftung fur internationale Kooperation (DSIK-Western Africa).
  • Research & Customer Relations Officer, MC-Bauchemie Ghana Limited.
  • Research & Teaching Assistant, Department of Economics. Kwame Nkrumah University of Science & Technology, Ghana.