John Ataguba

John Ele-Ojo Ataguba is an Associate Professor and Director of the Health Economics Unit, University of Cape Town (UCT).  He is also an elected member of the South African Young Academy of Science.  John holds a PhD in economics from UCT and he has over 10 years of research experience in many African countries.  His current research interests include health financing; inequality and equity in health and health services; economics of alcohol; program impact and effectiveness evaluation; poverty analysis and social determinants of health. He teaches topics in health financing, applied microeconomics and quantitative health economics to graduate students at UCT. He is the recipient of several competitive awards including the TW Kambule-NSTF Award in South Africa to an emerging researcher in recognition for an outstanding contribution to science, engineering, technology and innovation; the College of Fellows Young Researcher Award; and the Claude Leon Merit Award for Young Lecturers.  John serves as a member of the Board of Trustee for the African Health Economics and Health Policy Association and he has a great interest in academic writing.

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Fields of specialization

Poverty and inequality , Health and nutrition


Title Country Themes
RFP - Examining the Impact of Early Childbearing on Labor Market Outcomes Brazil Labour markets and employment , Youth and children
Multidimensional poverty under the capability framework: the case of missing dimensions data and poverty in Nigeria Nigeria Poverty and Inequality
An estimation of the willingness to pay for community healthcare risk-sharing prepayment scheme in rural Nigeria Nigeria Poverty and Inequality , Health and nutrition , Financial inclusion
The Distributional Impact of Healthcare Financing in Nigeria: A Case Study of Enugu State Nigeria Poverty and Inequality , Health and nutrition , Impacts of government programs , Fiscal policy


Professor John Ataguba
Director, Health Economics Unit and Associate Professor
University of Cape Town

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