Business Administration Department

• PhD (Economics), University of Sussex
• MSc (International Economics), University of Sussex
• MPhil (Economics), University of Ghana
• BA (Economics with Political Science), University of Ghana

Teaching Statement

Economics is a fun subject and students can find the theory presented in the textbook quite different from reality or practice (and sometimes plain boring!). My approach is to have a number of in-class activities in the form of problem solving, case-studies, economic games/simulations and discussion of news worthy articles on economics. This requires a combination of lectures to teach the principles and theory required and active participation in class discussions by the students to grasp the theory.

One thing I am yet to do but I look forward to introducing in my class is going beyond traditional theory to teach heterodox concepts which challenge the classical view of economics and thereby provide students with an opportunity to question the standard economic theory in textbooks.

Courses Taught:
Microeconomics, Macroeconomics and International Trade

Research Statement

I am an economist interested in applied international trade, poverty, inequality, growth and applied econometrics (with a heavy focus on microeconometrics, policy evaluation and some macroeconometric methods). 


  • Hague, Sarah, Edgar F.A. Cooke and Andy McKay (2016), Child Poverty and Inequality in Ghana: Positive highlights from the new household Survey, conference paper presented in Abuja
  • Cooke, Edgar F.A., Sarah Hague and Andy McKay (2016), "The Ghana Inequality and Poverty Report: Using the 6th Ghana Living Standards Survey", Accra: UNICEF
  • Cooke, Edgar F.A., Sarah Hague, Luca Tiberti, John M. Cockburn, Abdel-Rahmen El Lahga, 2016. Estimating the impact on poverty of Ghana’s fuel subsidy reform and a mitigating response. Journal of Development Effectiveness 8, 105–128. doi:10.1080/19439342.2015.1064148
  • Cirera, Xavier and Edgar F.A. Cooke (2015) "Trade Preferences" in Oliver Morrissey, Ricardo Lopez and Kishor Sharma (Eds.), Handbook of Trade and Development. Edward Elgar.
  • Antwi-Asare, Theodore, John Cockburn, Edgar F. A. Cooke, Ismaiel Fofana, Luca Tiberti and Daniel K. Twerefou (2010), "Simulating the Impact of the Global Economic Crisis and Policy Responses on Children in Ghana", Innocenti Working Paper No. 2010-05, UNICEF Regional Office for West and Central Africa, Dakar, and UNICEF Innocenti Research Centre, Florence (available at:http://www.unicef-irc.org/publications/601).