Mr. Onyebuchi Iwegbu
Assistant Research Fellow
Onyebuchi Iwegbu is an Assistant Lecturer and a Doctoral candidate of the Department of Economics, University of Lagos. He is a promising scholar who graduated with a first class in Economics, the second best from the faculty and Distinction in his MSc Economics programme, this automatically offered him a placement in the University. During his undergraduate studies, he won the federal government scholarship (2012 – 2014); MUTSE Jim Ovia scholarship (2014) and the UNILAG endowment fund for students on first class (2010 – 2014).
He is currently an Assistant Research Fellow of the Centre for Economic Policy Analysis and Research (CEPAR), University of Lagos. He is a member of a team that developed an Econometric and Input – Output Model of the Nigerian Economy for the Federal Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning that is used for the preparation of the Medium–Term National Development Plan [MTNDP] (2021 – 2025) and Medium-Term Expenditure Framework MTEF.
His continuous development in research has attracted two research grants to his profile. He is a member of a team that won 8 million Naira research grant from TETFund in 2019. The research grant examines the impact of capital flight on poverty and other socio-economic factors affecting Nigerians. He is also a Research Assistant with a research grant team that assessed the Federal Government Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP): 2017 – 2019 from the stakeholder’s perspective.
Onyebuchi has research interest in Development Macroeconomics with special focus on identifying sustainable ways of financing development. His continuous development is evident with over 18 scholarly publications in both national and international scientific journals accredited to him. Some of his published researches examines the possibility of harnessing new sources of economic strength in achieving sustainable development goals in Nigeria; the effectiveness of pension fund in stimulating financial development and economic growth in Nigeria; enhancing macroprudential policy regulations in Nigeria’s financial institutions and achieving growth convergence in ECOWAS through financial development and foreign direct investment.
He has taught Macroeconomics, Econometrics, Statistical Methods and Economic Optimisation Models at undergraduate level for over four years. He has further participated in conferences both locally and internationally, worthy of mention is a paper titled Human Development Outcomes and Macroeconomic Indicators Nexus in Nigeria: An Empirical Investigation presented at the Oxford Journal Cambridge Business & Economics Conference, Cambridge University UK in 2018.