Olukorede joined CHERE, UTS as a research fellow in October 2017. Before joining CHERE, he worked as a Lecturer at the University of Leicester, United Kingdom where he received his PhD. Olukorede was an active member of the Health and Public Policy Evaluation Network (HaPPEN) at Leicester. Part of the team’s projects included evaluation of public policy designs for human capital development in developing countries such as Brazil and Tanzania. His contribution to the team covers development health economics research with focus on Sub-Saharan Africa.
Olukorede’s expertise is in the area of applied microeconomics with key interests in development economics, health economics, labour economics and policy evaluation programs. He applies advanced econometrics techniques to investigate causal link between variables of interest in longitudinal datasets sourced from the World Bank. He has worked on the impacts of exogenous shocks on household welfare outcomes for Sub-Saharan Africa exploring appropriate intervention strategies in the area of financial inclusion with mobile money. His ongoing projects in this region include investigating and designing intervention pathways for the impact of extreme weather events on food security and birth weight.
Olukorede is currently using Australian administrative datasets to investigate the impacts of the regulatory framework of the healthcare safety net policies on provider behaviour. He is an Australian member for the International Collaborative on Costs, Outcomes, and Needs In Care (ICCONIC) partnership which is an international organisation for cross-country comparisons of the High Need High Cost population.
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Abiona, O & Foureaux Koppensteiner, M 2020, 'Financial Inclusion, Shocks and Welfare: Evidence from the Expansion of the Mobile Money Agent Network in Tanzania', Journal of Human Resources.View/Download from: Publisher's site
Ajefu, JB & Abiona, O 2020, 'The Mitigating Impact of Land Tenure Security on Drought-Induced Food Insecurity: Evidence from Rural Malawi', Journal of Development Studies.View/Download from: Publisher's site
© 2020, © 2020 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. This paper explores household variation in land tenure security and drought shocks across villages to investigate the extent to which land tenure systems matter in households' capacity to cope with adverse impacts of weather shocks for agricultural dependent households in rural Malawi. Our findings reveal that land tenure security cushions the effects of drought regimes on food security. Further, we establish access to credit facilities for farm investment purposes as the underlying channel that mediates the impact of drought shocks on food insecurity. The results of this study reinforce the growing consensus that property rights through land tenure security are associated with improved agricultural productivity and consequently household food security.
Abiona, O, Yu, S, Woods, M & Van Gool, K 2020, 'Accommodation payment plans in residential aged care: The impact of consumer choice', Australasian Journal on Ageing, vol. 39, no. 1, pp. e103-e109.View/Download from: Publisher's site
Ajefu, JB & Abiona, O 2019, 'Impact of Shocks on Labour and Schooling Outcomes and the Role of Public Work Programmes in Rural India', Journal of Development Studies, vol. 55, no. 6, pp. 1140-1157.View/Download from: Publisher's site
© 2018 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group The effectiveness of the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (NREGS) on rural labour market dynamics in India has been widely debated in the literature. However, the impact of the NREGS on non-agricultural labour market and children schooling outcomes in reference to exogenous rainfall shock is unclear from the existing literature. This paper exploits the Indian National Sample Survey and rainfall measures from the precipitation archive of the University of Delaware to investigate the role of the NREGS in the labour market and schooling outcomes of children during shocks. Using a difference-in-differences methodology, we focus on disaggregated shock specification and find a shock-cushioning pattern for the NREGS during negative shocks. However, there is an excess demand for labour during positive shock periods resulting from exposure to the NREGS. The implication is that the excess informal labour market opportunity translates to a reduction in school engagement for children. These findings summarily distinguish the role of the NREGS during positive and negative shocks respectively.
Abiona, O 2017, 'Adverse Effects of Early Life Extreme Precipitation Shocks on Short-term Health and Adulthood Welfare Outcomes', Review of Development Economics, vol. 21, no. 4, pp. 1229-1254.View/Download from: Publisher's site
© 2017 John Wiley & Sons Ltd. This paper examines the impact of exposure to early life rainfall shock on children's anthropometric growth status and other welfare outcomes. The study exploits World Bank repeated cross-section household data on Malawi and exogenous variation in precipitation measures across localities to identify the impact of drought and flood shocks on health, schooling and satisfaction levels. Our main estimate for children's anthropometric growth reveals that an incidence of drought shock leads to a resultant average decrease of 15%, 17% and 43% in age-standardized weight z-scores for shocks experienced at in-utero stage, first and second years respectively. Correspondingly, the relative impacts of an incidence of drought shock on age-standardized height z-scores are 14%, 15% and 27%. In contrast, the impacts of flood shock on each of these outcomes deteriorate over the outlined reference periods. On the adult dimension, we find that adults who face in-utero drought shock are more likely to have greater school entry delays and be unhappy with their current economic situations. However, this adulthood result pertains to male adults in our sample.
Abiona, O 2017, 'The Impact of Unanticipated Economic Shocks on the Demand for Contraceptives: Evidence from Uganda', Health Economics, vol. 26, no. 12, pp. 1696-1709.View/Download from: Publisher's site
© 2017 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. We investigate the impact of unanticipated economic shocks on the use of contraceptives for childbirth control in Uganda using a nationally representative panel of women. To complement our reduced form analysis, we use both intra-village and inter-village variation in rainfall shocks between 2009 and 2012 to identify the impact of agricultural income on the adoption of contraceptives by Ugandan women and their husbands. Our results indicate that women in Uganda, along with their husbands, use contraceptives strategically to postpone childbirth during negative shocks. Our baseline coefficient estimate reveals that a 0.10 log-point adverse rainfall shock increases the demand for contraceptives by 3.8 percentage points. This translates to a 6.7% increase in the likelihood of contraceptives demand. Results from the two-stage least-square instrumental variable estimation for the impact of income complements the strategic birth control story from the reduced form estimates of this paper. More importantly, we find suggestive evidence-linking preventive childbirth decisions to food insecurity during drought.
Abiona, O 2015, 'Linking Historical Oil Price Volatility and Growth: Investment and Trade Dynamics', International Journal of Energy Economics and Policy, vol. 5, no. 2, pp. 598-611.
Abiona, O, Van Gool, K, Hall, J, Haywood, P, Yu, S & Fiebig, D 2019, 'Provider Responses to Insurance Benefit Restrictions: The Case of Ophthalmology', Emerging Health Policy Conference, Menzies Centre for Health Policy, University of Sydney.
Abiona, O, Van Gool, K, Hall, J, Haywood, P, Yu, S & Fiebig, D 2019, 'Provider responses to insurance benefit restrictions: The case of ophthalmology', 41st Annual Australian Health Economics Society (AHES) Conference, Melbourne.
Van Gool, K, Abiona, O, Hall, J, Haywood, P & Fiebig, DG 2019, 'Provider Responses to Insurance Benefit Restrictions: The Case of Ophthalmology', iHEA 2019 Congress: New Heights in Health Economics, Basel, Switzerland.
Abiona, O & Foureaux Koppensteiner, M 2018, 'The Impact of Household Shocks on Domestic Violence: Evidence from Tanzania', 40th Annual Australian Health Economics Society (AHES) Conference, Hobart.
Ajefu, JB & Abiona, O 2018, 'Land Tenure Security and Food Security during Shocks: Evidence from Rural Malawi', 49th African Economic Research Consortium Biannual Research Workshop, Nairobi, Kenya.
Ajefu, JB & Abiona, O 2017, 'Land Tenure Security and Food Security during Shocks: Evidence from Rural Malawi', 47th African Economic Research Consortium Biannual Research Workshop, Dodoma, Tanzania.
Abiona, O & Foureaux Koppensteiner, M 2016, 'Financial Inclusion, Household Shocks and Welfare: Evidence from the Expansion of the Mobile Money Agent Network in Tanzania'.
Abiona, O & Foureaux Koppensteiner, M 2016, 'The Impact of Household Shocks on Domestic Violence: Evidence from Tanzania. Discussion Papers in Economics 16/14'.